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Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance Program

Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) Program

The maternal death review process was organized in Michigan in 1950 as a collaborative effort between the former Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), the Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), and the chairs of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the medical schools in Michigan. Today, Michigan's maternal mortality review is a state-level structured process by which two multidisciplinary committees (injury and medical) identify and review cases of maternal death that occur during pregnancy, at delivery, or within one year of pregnancy. Causes of death are determined during the review process and policy recommendations are made to prevent future deaths.

Every Death Tells a Story...

Our vision is to create a safe maternal climate in
Michigan by listening to the women we have lost.


Public Act 479 of 2016 was signed into law on January 5, 2017 and makes maternal death reporting in Michigan a mandatory process for the purposes of capturing all maternal deaths that occur in the state. This law aims to improve the quality of maternal death data in Michigan and brings awareness to the importance of preventing death among woman during or within one year of pregnancy.  

Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance Memo of Authority (PDF)
Michigan Maternal Mortality Mandatory Maternal Death Reporting Form (DOC)
Michigan Maternal Mortality Mandatory Reporting Guidance Letter (PDF)

Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) Project Coordinator

Melissa Limon-Flegler
Phone: 517-284-4230
Fax: 517-763-0310


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