Getting Started

Establishing a maternal mortality review committee (MMRC) in a state or jurisdiction is a time-consuming (but worthwhile) task requiring buy-in and collaboration from diverse and influential stakeholders. The following section provides information about key components of getting a MMRC off the ground. However, before you get started, consider the following:

  • If you are not affiliated with the state health department or a related agency, get in touch with representatives there to learn if there are efforts already underway to establish an MMRC or related activities. In most cases, the state maternal and child health (MCH/Title V) program is responsible for maternal mortality surveillance. Visit AMCHP’s Title V state profiles to identify contact information for the Title V or MCH Director in your state.
  • Historically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and leaders from their districts and sections have played instrumental roles in establishing MMRCs. Especially if you are an obstetrician/gynecologist, contact your ACOG district or chapter to express your interest in getting involved.
  • In addition to contacting your ACOG district/section, other professional organizations take on leadership roles in MMRCs. For example, if you are a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) or American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), get in touch with your AWHONN chapter/section or ACNM affiliate to express your interest in establishing an MMRC.

The resources in the subsequent sections are intended to be explored and discussed as a part of a team working together to establish an MMRC. They are not intended to take the place of one-on-one technical assistance, which is always available from the Review to Action team, comprised of AMCHP and CDC partners. If you’d like to discuss these steps in more detail, please contact us here.