The Minnesota Department of Health has periodically reviewed and studied maternal deaths. Per Minnesota Statute 145.901, subd. 1, “the commissioner of health may conduct maternal death studies to assist the planning, implementation, and evaluation of medical, health, and welfare service systems and to reduce the numbers of preventable maternal deaths in Minnesota,” language which was added to state law in 2001 (see Laws of Minn. 2001, chap. 211, sec. 3).
The Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Project was reinstituted in 2012 to review maternal deaths in order to examine the circumstances surrounding maternal deaths, identify risk factors for maternal mortality, and make recommendations and interventions for reducing or eliminating future deaths in women of reproductive age.
The "Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Committee" again convened in 2019, developing recommendations after reviewing 2017 case narratives.
In 2021 the Legislature added language to Minn. Stat. 145.901 (see subd. 5), explicitly requiring the commissioner of health to "convene a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to conduct maternal death study reviews, make recommendations, and publicly share summary information."