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'Momnibus': Gov. Newsom signs law providing income, doulas for free for CA mothers

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the California "Momnibus" Act into law on Monday, which is an effort to improve infant and maternal health, especially for families of color. 

The act will investigate maternal and infant deaths, bolster research on this phenomenon, provide guaranteed income for new mothers and support coverage for doula services.

"We know the what, we know the why--this is the how," Newsom said of the act during a press conference for the signing.

He emphasized that the guaranteed income for pregnant women is groundbreaking, calling it a "big deal."

"Gov. Newsom’s signing of SB 65, the California Momnibus Act, represents a significant victory for Black maternal and infant health," said state Sen. Nancy Skinner, who authored the legislation. "Despite our medical advances, more babies and mothers die during birth in the U.S. than in all other high-income countries, and these preventable deaths are disproportionately higher for Black families."


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