Data from 13 state maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) during 2013-2017 were used to determine the percentage of pregnancy-related deaths that were preventable and factors that contributed to the deaths.
Data shared by 13 state MMRCs for deaths that occurred during 2013-2017[section] were analyzed.
In use in many states, MMRCs are groups of local ObGyns, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals who review specific cases of maternal deaths from their local area and recommend local solutions to prevent future deaths.
This is bipartisan legislation under which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would help states create or expand MMRCs and will require the Department of Health and Human Services to research ways to reduce disparities in maternal health outcomes.
Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) would allocate $58 million for each fiscal year from 2019 through 2023 to support the 33 existing states with maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) and help the remaining 17 states develop them, as well as to standardize data collection across the nation.