Establishing a Maternal Mortality Review Committee in a state or jurisdiction requires collaboration from diverse and influential stakeholders.
In this section, you will find key components of getting a Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) off the ground. Before getting started, form a team that includes the following key partners.
State or jurisdiction health agency:
In most cases, the state maternal and child health (MCH/ Title V) program is responsible for and funds maternal mortality surveillance for the state. If you are not affiliated with the state health department or a related agency, contact representatives there to learn if efforts are already underway to establish a MMRC or related activities.
Historically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and leaders from their districts and sections have played instrumental roles in establishing MMRCs. Contact your ACOG district or chapter to express your interest in getting involved. Other professional organizations whose local leadership are instrumental to MMRCs include Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Get in touch with your AWHONN chapter/section or ACNM affiliate to express your interest in supporting a MMRC in your state.
Community-based organizations provide culturally reflective care and support that disrupts toxic stress and addresses the root causes of racial disparities in maternal health. They know best how to care for and support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other birthing People of Color. To identify essential organizations in your state, visit the Healthy Start Directory; explore Kindred Partners of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance; connect with your local March of Dimes chapter; search for Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color–led midwifery and/or doula programs in your state; or get in touch with local chapters of condition-specific organizations. Historically, these organizations have been excluded from MMRCs. Therefore, it is important to establish and build a trusting relationship when engaging with them.
The resources in this section are intended to be used by a team working together to establish or sustain a MMRC. They are not intended to take the place of one-on-one technical assistance available from the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) project team. If you’d like to discuss these steps in more detail, please contact us below.