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Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

The death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth, or the year postpartum is a rare and tragic event. Maternal health experts are actively searching for answers about why the ratio of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States is higher than other developed nations, why it is increasing, and why the disparity by race/ethnicity is widening.

Maternal Mortality in Oregon

In Oregon, over the past 10 years, the number of maternal deaths per year has ranged from 4 to 12. However, the current method of case finding may undercount actual deaths by as much as one-third. It is also important to note that for every woman who dies, there are approximately 50 who suffer severe maternal morbidity--very severe complications of pregnancy, labor, and delivery that bring them close to death. Oregon’s maternal death rate, measured as the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, varies from year to year due to the overall small number of deaths but is typically at or below that of the U.S. overall.

HB 4133: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

In the 2018 legislative session, Oregon passed House Bill 4133 which gave direction to the Oregon Health Authority to form the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. Read the full bill text.

About the Committee

The committee will:

  • Conduct studies and reviews of incidents of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in Oregon.
  • Examine whether social determinants of health are contributing factors to the incidence of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.
  • Share findings and information with health care providers and facilities, social service providers, law enforcement, and many others.

Members are appointed by the Governor and represent one or more of the following communities:

  • Family Medicine physician
  • OB/GYN physician
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine physician
  • Licensed registered labor and delivery nurse
  • Licensed registered nurse who is certified as a midwife
  • Licensed direct entry midwife
  • Doula
  • Traditional health worker (see definition from Chapter 410)
  • Community-based organization representative (that focuses on communities of color and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities)
  • Community-based organization representative (that focuses on mental health)
  • Maternal and child health subject matter expert from the Oregon Health Authority
  • Public health expert
  • Medical examiner

Executive Appointments Board Roster

2019 Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

Member Name Committee Position Term
LaRisha Baker Public Health Expert 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Melissa J Cheyney
Licensed Direct Entry Midwife 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Sarah E Cole
Licensed Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Nafisa N Fai Member At Large 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Alivia M Feliciano Doula 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Amie L Keys Medical Examiner (Deputy) 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Jackie Leung Traditional Health Worker 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Nancy J MacMorris-Adix Licensed Registered Nurse and Certified Midwife 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Lesa R O'Dell Maternal and child health subject matter expert on OHA 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Maria I Rodriguez OB/GYN Physician 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Jeanne S Savage Family Medicine Physician 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Brandon M Togioka Member At Large 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2022
Mark W Tomlinson Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Rick Treleaven Community Based Organization Representative (Mental Health) 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023
Ana del Rocio Valderrama Community Based Organization Representative (Communities of Color) 05/21/2019 - 05/20/2023

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