There are six (6) key decisions that maternal mortality review committees make for each death reviewed:
- Was the death pregnancy related?
- What was the cause of death?
- Was the death preventable?
- What were the critical contributing factors to the death?
- What are the recommendations and actions that address those contributing factors?
- What is the anticipated impact of those actions if implemented?
NOTE: While all six questions are essential, the last four questions highlight the unique and critical role of the review committees: preventability, contributing factors, recommendations for improvement, and measurement of impact.