Office of Injury Prevention
In April of 2011, the Arizona Legislature changed the child fatality statute to charge this State with the responsibility to "evaluate the incidence and causes of maternal fatalities in this State." Maternal fatalities associated with pregnancy include the death of a woman while she is pregnant or within a year of her pregnancy. This led to the establishment of Arizona's first Maternal Mortality Review Subcommittee. This Subcommittee operates under the already established State Team whose responsibility it is to oversee the Child Fatality Review Program.
Once this change went into effect on July 1, 2011, the Maternal Mortality Review Subcommittee began reviewing cases, determining preventability and making recommendations for action. The Maternal Mortality Review Subcommittee is made up of members from highly respected professionals in the field including; OB/GYNs, perinatologists, directors of nursing, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, public health professionals, domestic violence specialists, behavioral health specialists, and representatives from Arizona's tribal nations.
This Subcommittee hopes to publish its first Annual Report by the end of 2012.