Illinois has two maternal mortality review committees that determine factors contributing to maternal deaths and identify potential prevention strategies. The Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) was convened in 2000 and reviews all pregnancy-associated deaths that were potentially related to pregnancy, excluding injury-related deaths. The Maternal Mortality Review Committee on Violent Deaths (MMRC-V) was convened in 2015 and reviews all pregnancy-associated deaths that are due to homicide, suicide, or unintentional drug overdose. Each multi-disciplinary committee has about 25-30 members and meets 6 times a year. These committees are sub-committees of the state's Perinatal Advisory Committee, and are officially charged with providing recommendations to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on issues relating to the health of mothers and infants. IDPH provides extensive administrative support to the committees, including meeting organization, distribution of materials, and case abstraction. Illinois has about 140,000 births to Illinois residents each year. During 2016-2017, there were 175 pregnancy-associated deaths in Illinois. Of these deaths, 57 were reviewed by the MMRC and 72 were reviewed by the MMRC-V. A total of 60 cases (from both committees combined) were determined to be pregnancy-related. Our mission is to review deaths to identify opportunities for improvement and create actionable recommendations to ultimately improve health outcomes for all women, children, and families.
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Behavioral Health Agencies
Private and Public Insurers
Rural Health Associations
State Medicaid Agency
State Medical Society
State Title V Program
Violence Prevention Agencies
Maternal Fetal Medicine/Perinatology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mental Health Provider
Public Health Nursing
Illinois Success Story: Medicaid Coverage for 1 Year Postpartum
In April 2021, Illinois became the first state in the United States to extend full Medicaid coverage to people who just gave birth from 60 days to one year postpartum. This policy implementation was based on a key recommendation made by the Illinois Maternal Mortality Review Committees in the 2018 Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report. The report showed that one third of pregnancy-related deaths occur later than 43 days postpartum and access to care throughout one year postpartum is vital to preventing maternal deaths.