Black Mamas Matter: A Toolkit for Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health Care, 2018 - This toolkit takes a human rights based approach to maternal health, identifying the rights of pregnant and birthing women, and the corresponding role of government to ensure safe and respectful maternal health care for all. It includes a human rights brief, a summary of maternal health research, and an overview of policy solutions proposed by multi-sector stakeholders. Maternal mortality reviews can use this resource to help ensure that state and local efforts to address and improve maternal health are consistent with human rights, inclusive of the communities most affected, and focused on achieving equity.
Maternal Mortality Review Committees: Sharing Power with Communities, 2021- The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) released a report produced in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the CDC. The report describes the challenges community members experience engaging with Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) and illustrates next steps for MMRCs to better engage and center community leadership and voices. The environmental scan of community partners and representatives of MMRCs from 9 states in the U.S. gathers information about the opportunities and challenges MMRCs face as they work to broaden committee membership and community engagement and evolve toward more equitable processes. We are grateful to this tremendous organization for uncovering the hard truths in this report and serving as steward for the voices represented within it.
Maternal Mortality Review Committees: A Discussion on Equity, 2022 (click link) - Ayanna Robinson, PhD, MPH, BMMA Research and Evaluation Department Director in conversation with Dr. Jamila Perritt, fellowship trained, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), on making Maternal Mortality Review Committees more effective at addressing maternal health inequities. (Instagram account needed to view)