Maternal mortality prevention

Maternal Mortality Prevention Program

  • Oversees the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC).

  • Reviews medical records, police reports, coroner reports, and death certificates to collect information about the causes of death.

  • Shares information about people who die during pregnancy or in the first year after giving birth.

  • Works to improve the health and safety of all those who are pregnant and postpartum.

Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The MMRC is a group of health care providers, public health professionals, and people with lived experience that reviews causes of maternal deaths in Colorado. The group includes expertise in doula care, obstetrics/gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, midwifery, nursing, anesthesiology, forensic pathology, psychology, psychiatry, mental and behavioral health care, substance misuse, patient advocacy, rural health, social work, violence prevention, and public health.

The MMP program collects and reviews health records from each death and creates a case summary without any identifying information. These summaries are reviewed by the committee in order to:

  • Determine the annual number of maternal deaths in Colorado.

  • Determine whether the death was related to the pregnancy.

  • Discuss whether the death could have been prevented and if so, how it could have been prevented.

  • Identify trends and factors that might contribute to maternal deaths.

  • Develop and put into practice strategies that reduce and stop future deaths.

Funding Opportunity

RFA #42001 - Community-led Solutions to Prevent Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Community-led Solutions to Prevent Maternal Mortality and Morbidity - RFA #42001The RFA seeks to fund up to five (5) organizations, groups, collaboratives, or individuals to implement community-led solutions focusing on decreasing mortality and morbidity among pregnant and postpartum Coloradans. The average award will be $50,000 annually for a total of $250,000 combined annually and a total of four (4) possible funding periods.

Learn more on the RFA webpage.

MMRC publications

Learn more about maternal mortality in Colorado and the United States by visiting CDC's resource portal.