Work Groups and Plans - Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force

Work Groups and Plans

Work Groups

Stillbirth Work Group

During the last legislative session, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Advisory Task Force was encouraged to "conduct a review of the current methods of data collection on stillbirths, prenatal protocols to prevent stillbirths, available supports for families who have experienced a stillbirth, and any other information related to stillbirths that the task force deems appropriate". The MCH Advisory Task Force created a Stillbirth Work Group to work on this issue. Membership in the group was open to all those who were interested in the topic and represents families who have experienced a stillbirth, organizations providing support and services to families, Medical Examiner's office, ACOG physicians and other providers, health plans, the MN Hospital Association, MCH Advisory Task Force, and MDH and DHS staff.

The Stillbirth Work Group meets every 4-6 weeks and meeting topics include discussion:

  • History of Fetal/Infant Mortality Reviews (FIMR) in Minnesota
  • Current methods of data collection and availability
  • Supports currently available for families experiencing a stillbirth
  • Evaluating Perinatal Death
  • 39 week policy implementation
  • Available stillbirth data
  • ACOG best practices and guidelines
  • Fetal mortality review
The work group reconvened in 2018 and at the conclusion of this process, the findings will be reported back to the MCH Advisory Task Force for next steps.

Work Plans

2018 meeting date details are available on the Meetings page.

The purpose of the work plan is to develop and conduct activities resulting in recommendations to the Commissioner of Health and the MDH on priority MCH issues according to statutory charge, not addressed by any other MDH advisory group, and utilizing members’ expertise and experience.