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For Families Maine center for disease control and Prevention
One of the goals of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies in Maine. We want to make sure that more Maine women have healthy pregnancies.
This program asks mothers and families to tell us the story about their baby, the pregnancy and the death they have experienced. The purpose of the review is not to assign blame. The purpose is to help others find answers. It asks important questions like:
- What causes babies to die in our state?
- Why are some babies being born sick, too small or too soon?
- Why do some women die as a result of their pregnancy?
- What can be done to make a difference in the future?
By spending an hour or so talking with our Home Interviewer, you can tell us about your experience. Information from your interview will be used to help better understand the needs of mothers and infants and to develop programs or services to meet these needs.
There are several ways you can choose to participate. You can choose to be interviewed and agree to have medical records reviewed. You can just be interviewed and not have records reviewed. You can agree to have records reviewed and not be interviewed. Or, you can decide not to participate at all. If you chose to do an interview, we will schedule a time to talk with you privately at a convenient time and place for you. You will be asked questions about the pregnancy, delivery, and the experience surrounding the death of the child or mother. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. If you are interested, the Home Interviewer can make a referral for grief counseling. This counseling is available to you even if you decide not to participate in the program in any way.
The Panel will review only a summary of the information you give us and no names will be identified during the process.
Only you can decide whether or not participating is right for you. As a mother or family member who has recently suffered a death, you can tell us about your experience and suggest services you think would help others in the future. What you have to say is very important, and we hope to have the opportunity to hear your story.
Call if you have Questions:
Ellie Mulcahy, Panel Coordinator,
Maternal and Infant Mortality Review Panel
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Maine DHHS, 286 Water Street
11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Instate toll free: 1-800-698-3624