Proposed bill would help new mothers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new Tennessee bill would implement a grant program to assist new mothers transition back into the workforce after birth and receive follow-up care.

The bill, HB1971, was first introduced in late January. If passed, it would require the Tennessee Department of Health to disperse funds each year to community-based, non-profit organizations operating in the top 25 counties with the highest infant and maternal mortality rates.

The funds would provide birth control, provide preventive care for pregnant or postpartum women, improve maternal health outcomes, provide new child support, provide child care services, provide monetary assistance for new mothers and/or assist postpartum mothers transitioning back into the workforce.