Maternal & Child Health

2019 Legislative Session bills that are relevant to maternal and child health research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed below.

Maternal & Child Health

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
SB 45 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini

Filed - 11/12/18

Referred to Business and Commerce - 2/1/19

Details the provision of a private place in the Capitol, other than a bathroom, where a woman may nurse or express milk. Requires that public employers (contractors) do the same.
Similar to SB 279 (2017).  Failed to pass, did not receive committee hearing.
HB 243 State Rep. Jessica Farrar Filed - 11/12/18 Defines the right to breastfeed to exist in any place where the mother and child is otherwise allowed or authorized. Allows civil suit if the right to breastfeed is restricted. Requires state agencies to develop "mother-friendly" policies, and the comptroller to develop and distribute materials informing mothers of their right to breastfeed.
Similar to HB 742 (2017), HB 232 (2015) and HB 1706 (2013); Failed, passed out of committee but did not receive a House vote.
HB 541 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 12/18/18 Adds the right to express breast milk (in addition to the right to breastfeed) in any place where the mother and child is otherwise allowed or authorized.
HB 253 State Rep. Jessica Farrar Filed - 11/12/18 Creates a 5-year plan to improve access to postpartum screening, referral, treatment and support for postpartum depression. Also provides for increasing public awareness of postpartum depression.
HB 1041 State Rep. Armando Lucio Walle Filed - 1/24/19 Requires employers to provide break time and a place (other than a bathroom) where an employee can express breast milk.
HB 1111 State Rep. Sarah Davis Filed - 1/28/19 Provides for a pilot study to assess the costs and benefits of providing prenatal and postpartum care via telehealth and telemedicine services. Also creates a Pregnancy Medical Home Pilot Program to study the efficacy of this care model. Creates a dedicated account for Newborn Screening funds.
SB 436 State Sen, Jane Nelson Filed - 1/23/19 Adds opioid use disorder maternal and newborn health initiatives to the Health and Safety Code. Requires improved screening, continuity of care, access to care, prevention for women and newborns with opioid use disorder. Companion Bill HB 1292
HB 1292 State Rep. Four Price Filed - 2/1/19 Adds opioid use disorder maternal and newborn health initiatives to the Health and Safety Code. Requires improved screening, continuity of care, access to care, prevention for women and newborns with opioid use disorder. Companion Bill SB 436
SB 748 State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst Filed - 2/11/19 Fees for newborn screening must cover costs. Creates and protects a designated account for newborn screening funds.
SB 750 State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst Filed - 2/11/19 Requires the Texas Education Code to be updated to include best practice guidelines for maternal and neonatal medical residency programs, and to improve care for pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their newborn children.
HB 1428 State Rep. Bobby Guerra Filed - 2/6/19 Creates a grant program to fund a pilot of TexasAIM (Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health) in a rural/underserved area of the state.

Maternal & Child Health Resources

  1. World Health Organization recommendations on exclusive breastfeeding for optimal growth, development and health of infants; e-library from WHO including evidence and guidelines

  2. TexasMotherFriendly.org; website run by the Texas Department of State Health Services with extensive information and resources about worksite lactation policies. The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program seeks to reduce barriers to breastfeeding by increasing the proportion of employers who have worksite lactation support policies and programs.

  3. Being a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite; 2016 infographic from the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program

  4. Exclusive breastfeeding to reduce the risk of childhood overweight and obesity; summary and library of references from the World Health Organization.

  5. Healthy Texas Babies; webpage with information on workplace breastfeeding, including links to best practices, from the Texas Department of State Health Services

  6. Breastfeeding: Why It Matters; webpage run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information about breastfeeding including an overview, recommendations, special circumstances, data, and resources

  7. Maternal and Child Health Overview; webpage run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information about global Maternal and Child Health

  8. Reproductive Health: Maternal and Infant Health Overview; webpage run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information about reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health