Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee (NM MMRC) first convened in 2018. The committee, which may have a maximum of 30 members, requires diverse, multidisciplinary representation, including direct appointees from the Secretary of Indian Affairs and the Director of the Office on African American Affairs. The NM MMRC reviews all pregnancy-associated deaths. Our mission is to identify and review deaths caused by pregnancy complications and other factors, to identify remediable problems contributing to maternal mortality, and to develop interventions to reduce these deaths. Our vision is to advance the safety and well-being of pregnant and postpartum people in New Mexico by eliminating deaths from preventable causes. Our goals are:
- Conduct a thorough record abstraction, in order to obtain details of events and issues leading up to the terminal event.
- Perform a multidisciplinary review of cases to gain a holistic understanding of the issues.
- Determine the annual number of deaths related to pregnancy (pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated mortality).
- Identify trends and risk factors among pregnancy-related deaths in New Mexico.
- Recommend improvements to care at the individual, provider, and system levels with the potential for reducing or preventing future events.
- Prioritize findings and establish recommendations to eliminate preventable mortality.
- Partner with New Mexico stakeholders, to assist in developing and implementing statewide strategies to reduce maternal mortality.
- Develop actionable strategies for prevention and intervention.
- Disseminate the findings and recommendations to a broad array of individuals and organizations.
- Promote the translation of findings and recommendations into quality improvement actions at all levels.
- Promote the elimination of health inequities and disparities by examining the influence of racism and discrimination as contributing factors to maternal deaths and providing recommendations related to these factors.
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Behavioral Health Agencies
Community-Based Doula Program
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Professional Assoc. State Chapters
Rural Health Associations
State Medical Society
Violence Prevention Agencies
Community Birth Workers
Maternal Fetal Medicine/Perinatology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mental Health Provider
Public Health Nursing