Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality of the developed countries, and the rate has continued to rise over the past two decades. In New York State (NYS) the maternal death rates are alarming, with a rate of 20.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018. Racial disparities are heightened in New York City (NYC) where black women are 12 times more likely than white women to die of a pregnancy-related cause.

NMPP’s Role Addressing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

In 2019, NMPP, in collaboration with the NYP/Allen Hospital Obstetric Department and NYP/Ambulatory Care Network Charles B. Rangel Community Health Center, launched the Community Maternal Mortality Collaborative Project (CMMCP) to address maternal mortality disparities among pregnant and postpartum women. 

Services include:

  • A health navigator, community health workers, and postpartum doulas to assist women and their families to effectively access continuous and coordinated healthcare and other services.

  • Home visiting to ensure prenatal and postpartum visits are attended.     

  • Community Health Workers address key barriers that impact maternal health outcomes including providing health education and support, promoting social support networks, connecting to community resources, and increasing health literacy. 

  • Postpartum doulas support the mental and physical well-being of the mother, which includes assisting with breastfeeding support, addressing issues of postpartum depression, and ensuring the completion of the postpartum visit.  


Service areas: All five boroughs

In 2019, NMPP launched its clinical services


Clinical Services provided by a Nurse Midwife

  • Child Birth Education

  • One-on-one consultation for pregnant women

  • Health Education Workshops on Early Signs of Obstetric Complications

  • Health Monitoring (pulse, temperature, and blood pressure)

  • Advise about, and support parents in, the daily care of their newborn babies

  • Emotional support to cope with miscarriage, termination, stillbirth and neonatal death.


Clinical Services provided by a Nutritionist

  • Assessment of clients’ health needs and diet

  •  One-on-one meal plan developments with pregnant obese women

  • Counseling clients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits

  • Nutrition Workshops

  • Evaluate the effects of meal plans, and change the plans as needed.