The Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA, or “Maria”) is a data system designed to support the functions of Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) through a common data
Every MMRC is invited to use MMRIA to contribute to our national understanding of maternal mortality and supporting collaboration across MMRCs.
Resources to assist MMRCs in using MMRIA are available in the Resource Center. MMRCs should work in close partnership with the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Morality (ERASE MM) team at CDC as they implement the data system. The team provides programmatic assistance and training to help MMRCs use MMRIA effectively and reduce duplicative processes. Visit http://cdc.gov/erasemm to learn more, and get in touch with the ERASE MM team (MMRIAsupport@CDC.gov).
With increased adoption of MMRIA, CDC published reports on what has been learned through the work of MMRCs. The first report that brought together data from multiple MMRCs (4) was published in 2018. Since then, CDC publishes data combined from an increasing number of MMRCs providing us with key national learnings. These include a deeper understanding of racial disparities in leading causes of death. Also, we learned that approximately 2 out of 3 pregnancy-related deaths occur outside of the day of delivery or the week postpartum, and approximately 2 out of 3 deaths were determined to be preventable. This would not be possible without the standard data system, MMRIA.