In 2017 the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) established a committee with the aim of eliminating preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity and thereby contributing to the broader goal of reproductive justice and racial equity in maternal health outcomes in NYC. The NYC DOHMH Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (M3RC) consists of over 40 members and meets nearly monthly to conduct a multidisciplinary expert review of each maternal death in NYC from both a clinical and social determinants of health perspective. The members are from variety fields, such as OBGYNs, midwives, doulas, mental health providers, community members, first responders, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and pathologists.
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Behavioral Health Agencies
Community-Based Doula Program
Professional Assoc. State Chapters
State Medical Society
Community Birth Workers
Maternal Fetal Medicine/Perinatology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Critical Care Medicine
Mental Health Provider
Public Health Nursing
New York City Success Story: Using Social Media Influencers to Educate Communities
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has been reviewing maternal death cases since January 2018, starting with all pregnancy-associated maternal deaths of mothers who died in New York City. One of the key recommendations from the review of 2017 deaths was to identify and disseminate existing materials and resources that educate pregnant people about postpartum warning signs, with a focus on postpartum depression and hypertension. The Health Department supported the implementation of this recommendation through the dissemination of innovative, culturally relevant social media content authored by three social media influencers with mass followers who are Black and Brown women of reproductive age. These influencers shared their own birth stories on social media with messages about warning signs and symptoms of maternal mortality (MM) and severe maternal morbidity (SMM), with a focus on depression and hypertension. This effort led to the creation 23 posts, published across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs and were viewed by over 17,000 people online. The success of the work has buoyed other Health Department programs to explore ways of continuing to partner with these influencers.