Maternal Mortality Review Committee
The New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee first convened in 2018. The committee has a maximum of 30 members and reviews all pregnancy-associated deaths (all deaths that occur during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy, due to any cause). Our mission is to identify and review maternal deaths caused by pregnancy complications and other factors, to identify remediable problems contributing to maternal deaths, and to develop interventions to prevent these deaths.
Application for Maternal Mortality Committee members
The New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee of the New Mexico Department of Health is announcing the opportunity to apply for a 3 year membership term on the committee. Individuals with a strong interest and diverse backgrounds in maternal health and patient safety are needed. Persons with lived experience as members of the communities disproportionately impacted by maternal mortality are strongly encouraged to apply.
New Mexico MMRC Scope, Mission, and Vision
To review all NM pregnancy-associated deaths occurring during pregnancy or up to 365 days, regardless of cause.
The mission of the New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee is to identify and review maternal deaths caused by pregnancy complications and other factors, to identify remediable problems contributing to maternal deaths, and to develop interventions to prevent these deaths.
To advance the safety and well-being of pregnant and postpartum individuals in New Mexico by reducing deaths from preventable causes
New Mexico Department of Health receives funding and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the ERASE-MM Grant (Enhancing reviews and surveillance to eliminate maternal mortality), 2019-2024.
the death of a pregnant woman or a woman within one year postpartum
Pregnancy-associated death is the death of a person during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from any cause
Pregnancy-related death is the death of a person during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy.
Severe Maternal Morbidity
unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman's health as identified by hospitalizations using administrative hospital discharge data and the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases diagnosis and procedure codes
Every year in this country, approximately 700 women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth and more than 50,000 women experience severe maternal morbidity, a life- threatening complication as a result of labor and delivery.
New Mexico’s maternal mortality rate of 28 deaths per 100,000 livebirths is higher than the United States nation average, disproportionally affecting Native American and Black birthing parents in New Mexico.
In 2018, New Mexico had 23,038 resident live births and 5 pregnancy related deaths