Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs Legislation Providing Financial Support for Expecting Mothers

3 31 Youngkin and momsGovernor Glenn Youngkin Signs Legislation Providing Financial Support for Expecting Mothers at East End Pregnancy Center, Mar. 29, 2023. Official Photo by Christian Martinez, Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin.


RICHMOND, VA Governor Glenn Youngkin today signed HB 2290 patroned by Delegate Emily Brewer and SB 1314 patroned by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant which provides financial support for expecting mothers.


“During Women’s History Month, it was an honor to stand with two extraordinary women who championed this legislation that supports women and mothers across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “These bills recognize that we can do more to support our expecting mothers and ensure they have the needed financial support to take that next step towards creating a family.”


Governor Youngkin signed the following bills today: 


HB 2290, patroned by Delegate Emily Brewer and SB 1314, patroned by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, provide that in the event that the initial petition for the establishment of parentage is commenced within six months of the live birth of a child, the judgment or order shall, except for good cause shown or as otherwise agreed to by the parties, apportion between the legal parents, in proportion to the legal parents’ gross incomes, as used for calculating the monthly child support obligation, (i) the mother’s unreimbursed pregnancy and delivery expenses and (ii) those reasonable expenses incurred by either parent for the benefit of the child prior to the birth of the child.


“HB2290 is landmark legislation that will allow new mothers the opportunity to seek pregnancy and delivery related expenses. This measure being signed into law will assist in reducing the financial burden on mothers at a time when caring for a newborn is of utmost importance. I am proud to have carried this priority bill on behalf of the Governor, and I am grateful for his commitment to such vital legislation,” said Delegate Emily Brewer. 


“Children are such a wonderful blessing and every day I witness the physical and emotional resiliency of moms. Pregnancy is really hard work. Babies are also really expensive, and they need a lot of stuff even before they are born. It just makes sense that child support should include the expenses of preparing for a baby. This bill will help moms have better financial resiliency by lifting a little of their load, giving them a chance to worry less, and the ability to even find more time for the joy and hope that babies bring,” said Senator Siobhan Dunnavant.