According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 650 women die each year in the United States due to pregnancy and/or delivery complications. Many factors contribute to pregnancy-related health outcomes, which is why it is important for women to adopt healthy lifestyles and address any health issues prior to becoming pregnant. In order to combat the steadily increasing maternal mortality ratio, the CDC encourages ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data focused on improving public health practice. At the state-level, effective public health surveillance will allow for the implementation of successful prevention and intervention mechanisms that can ensure healthy pregnancies for both the mother and child in the future.
The mission of the Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee (GA MMRC) is to identify pregnancy-associated deaths (deaths during or within a year of pregnancy), review those caused by pregnancy complications and other selected deaths, and identify problems contributing to these deaths and interventions that may reduce these deaths. The committee includes 36 members from various disciplines who meet quarterly to discuss cases of maternal death in Georgia.
The committee, as part of its discussion, identifies medical and non-medical problems that contributed to the death as well as possible interventions to address the problems and decrease the risk of death. Findings from deaths for the year will be compiled for an annual report, which will include the frequencies of death by sociodemographic factors as well as problems and possible interventions.
GOGS is proud to be a collaborator on this project through committee coordination and data review. Two reports have been published to date on the committee’s findings: