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Mike Bloomberg answers our questions on paid leave, childcare + maternal burnout

We asked the candidates for answers and Klobuchar's campaign was among those to respond.

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After Motherly's second annual State of Motherhood survey revealed that 85% of moms feel society doesn't understand or support mothers, we knew we needed to reach out to all presidential candidates with a series of questions on behalf of America's mothers.

Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.

That's is why we are demanding change in 2020, standing with organizations and advocacy groups fighting to get American mothers the support they need and deserve and declaring this the #yearofthemother.

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Mike Bloomberg's campaign responded to our questions. Read on to see how he plans to address our demands.

How Mike Bloomberg plans to bring paid family leave to America:

Mike believes all workers deserve access to paid family leave. Workers who receive generous family leave from their employers are more likely to remain in their jobs and have healthier children. As president, Mike will guarantee 12 weeks of paid family leave for all working Americans. Mike supports the passage of national paid family leave legislation, like the FAMILY Act, which includes men and women, the birth or adoption of a child, serious medical conditions of the employee, caregiving for a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partners in the case of a serious medical condition, and for caregiving for a spouse or child with a military-related injury.

How Bloomberg plans to ensure the maternal health crisis is addressed:

Mike Bloomberg has a plan for tackling the nation's maternal mortality crisis, with a particular focus on decreasing disparities in maternal health outcomes across the country for communities of color. Mike's plan includes several initiatives designed to decrease disparities in maternal health outcomes across the country and reduce the disproportionately high maternal mortality rate among women of color.

In order to address a lack of reliable data around maternal mortality, Mike's plan centralizes data collection at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and uses the data to inform and improve standards of health care. The data will be used to establish programs to assist clinicians in identifying high-risk pregnancies.

As president, Mike will also boost funding for medical schools at HBCUs. His plan also boosts funding for medical schools at historically black colleges and universities to increase the number of people of color in the health-care workforce.
While low-income women can enroll in Medicaid when they become pregnant, in fourteen states, the program covers new mothers for only 60 days postpartum. Mike's plan would ensure that all low-income women could obtain coverage. He will allow people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid under the ACA, who would otherwise be eligible for the expanded program, to enroll in the public-option free of charge.

Mike's plan also aims to better serve the 28 million women of childbearing age living in rural America by encouraging more providers to practice in these areas. Because fewer than half of all rural counties have a practicing obstetrician or gynecologist, and under half of rural counties have hospitals with obstetric units, the plan encourages states to pass laws that allow trained medical professionals to provide more care that is currently limited to a doctor's scope. This is also aimed at providing better care for more women, especially in rural areas. His proposal calls for the expansion of the National Health Service Corps, which offers loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for doctors who practice in high-need areas, to also cover medical students from minority communities.

How Mike Bloomberg will ensure better maternal mental health support:

In the states that haven't expanded Medicaid, low-income mothers are only covered for 60 days postpartum. In Mike's plan, women will be able to access health insurance regardless of their pregnancy status. If they are low-income and would otherwise be eligible for Medicaid save for the fact that they live in a state that hasn't expanded it, Mike will allow them to enroll in the public option free of charge. Mike will also enforce mental health parity laws that require insurers to cover mental health services on par with physical health services.

Mike Bloomberg's thoughts on creating affordable childcare solutions:

Childcare and early childhood education in America is significantly underfunded, with the majority of public spending coming from federal sources. Mike's plan to improve the lives of working families includes several initiatives aimed at making child care more affordable.

● Boost the number of low-income infants and toddlers who receive federally subsidized free early learning. Mike will triple the number of infants and toddlers served by Early Head Start and expand the reach of Head Start. Early Head Start, which caters to low-income pregnant women and infants and toddlers under the age of 3.
● Increase the percentage of families who receive childcare subsidies through the Child Care and Development Block Grants, the largest source of federal child care funding.
● Expand child-care tax credits for low- and moderate-income families by working to pass the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone Act (PACE), sponsored by Representative Stephanie Murphy, which makes the Child Care and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDTC) fully refundable and indexed to inflation.
● Reform the EITC and pilot a program to expand it to cover family caregiving and other forms of employment currently ineligible for the benefit. Mike's plan will not only reward work and facilitate economic participation, it will ease the financial burden of parents who rely on family members to care for their children.
● Expand funding to help colleges provide campus-based child care programs, including before-and after-school services, helping parents stay in school and creating a potential training ground for students studying early childhood education.
How will you work to change the cultural expectations that contribute to maternal stress in America?

Mike Bloomberg recognizes the significant demands being placed on families, particularly mothers, who are juggling the demands of work, rising child care costs, not to mention the potential of dealing with a child who has a serious medical condition, or caring for a parent who is ill. This is exactly why Mike's policies like paid family leave and pay equity will help improve the lives of working families and reduce maternal stress.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

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With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

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Detective set

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Wooden doll stroller

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Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

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Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

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Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

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Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

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Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

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Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

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Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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