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Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) Program - Information for Providers

Information for Providers

A Maternal Mortality Message for Providers:

Maternal mortality surveillance is needed to identify and address the factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes for women. A structured death review process can be a powerful facilitator of state systems change to improve the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

The medical and injury review committees are tasked with reviewing the maternal death cases and developing recommendations. The medical committee focuses on medical causes of death, and the injury committee examines accidental causes of death such as homicide and substance-related deaths. The committees are made up of multidisciplinary representatives from around the state from fields including public health, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, nursing, midwifery, forensic pathology, mental health and behavioral health. The review committees have access to multiple sources of information that provide a deeper understanding of the circumstances surrounding each maternal death and allow them to develop action recommendations to reduce the occurrence of future maternal deaths. Members of both committees collaborate to identify and initiate actionable items to address maternal death.


  1. Systematically investigate maternal deaths in Michigan
  2. Identify underlying factors associated with maternal deaths by analyzing the data
  3. Develop policy recommendations and prevention strategies to reduce maternal mortality and disseminate information and
  4. Eliminate the disparity of maternal deaths in disadvantaged racial (particularly Black women) and social economic groups.

Review Committee Membership

Full list of Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) review committee members


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