Model Resources and Tools

Reports from Maternal Mortality Review Committees

Report from MMRCs: A View into Their Critical Role

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What is this report?

A preliminary report of data from four states using an innovative data-collection system provides the first in-depth look at key factors contributing to maternal death and showcases opportunities for prevention.

For example:

  • It offers concrete evidence that a maternal death is the tragic result of an intersection of a number of factors. It is the sum of a range of circumstances related to communities, healthcare facilities, providers, and patients. On average, three to four critical factors were identified for each pregnancy-related death.
  • This report highlights that causes of pregnancy-related death differ by age and depending on whether a woman was pregnant, was in delivery or had recently delivered.
  • These data also show that mental health conditions were a leading cause of pregnancy-related death in these four states. More specifically, among postpartum women, suicide most commonly occurs in the late-postpartum period.
  • As more states participate, we can use these data to identify causes and contributing factors to pregnancy-related death and the prevention opportunities with the greatest potential impacts.

Report from Nine MMRCs

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What is this report?
A report of data from nine states using a standard data-collection system provides an in-depth analysis of causes of death, preventability and specific recommendations for action.
For example:
• It confirms that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable and highlights key opportunities for prevention.
• Nearly half of all pregnancy-related deaths were caused by hemorrhage, cardiovascular and coronary conditions, cardiomyopathy or infection.
• Causes of death differ by race, which highlights unique opportunities for prevention.

Maternal Mortality Media / Communications Training 101 feat. Dr. Camara Jones

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Brittany Behm, MPH of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health Communications Team focuses on working with the media in your maternal mortality messaging. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD then discusses the importance of addressing inequities in maternal mortality, particularly among Black and Native communities, in state-level messaging. Access the webinar recording here: