We are sorry if you are reading this because you have lost a baby or a mother who was dear to you. As a Committee we offer you our condolences and hope that you are getting the support you need to deal with this difficult experience.

The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) reviews the deaths of babies (from 20 weeks pregnancy to 28 days after birth) and women who die as a result of pregnancy or child birth, and advises on how to prevent such deaths.

If you want to tell us anything about the death of your loved one, please contact us.

How is the information used?

We review all information gathered about babies or mothers in New Zealand. This information is also included in our annual reports. If you would like a copy sent to you please contact us.

We treat all information as confidential and store it on a secure database. If you want to know anything more about what we do or how the information will be used, please contact us.

Unhappy about anything that happened?

Please note we do not deal with complaints or do any investigations. If you are unhappy about anything that has happened, here is a page on the Ministry of Health Website that may help.

Information leaflets

Information about the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee
Information for health professionals and families about the work we perform.

Information about the Neonatal Encephalopathy Working Group
A pamphlet about Neonatal encephalopathy which is a disorder/disease in the brain of the newborn.

Pānui for post-mortem examination
This pānui is for whānau, families, parents, kaitiaki and caregivers who are trying to decide whether or not to consent to a post-mortem to be undertaken on their baby who has died during the perinatal period.

Video: Post-mortem for babies in Aotearoa
In this video, Vicki Culling and Lisa Paraku talk about what parents and whānau can expect when choosing a post-mortem for their baby.

Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS) Pamphlet 
A pamphlet about Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS). AMOSS is a national surveillance system that describes a variety of rare or serious conditions of pregnancy and the postnatal period in Australia and New Zealand.

Related information

Coronial Services of New Zealand
The Coronial Services of New Zealand serves the community by investigating circumstances and causes of death in a respectful and professional manner. The findings of these investigations are used to make recommendations for the improvement of public safety and to prevent deaths in similar circumstances.

When Someone Dies: A Guide to Coronial Services in New Zealand
This booklet is for people dealing with the death of a loved one, and explains the coroner’s process , the role of the Police and reasons for post-mortem examinations. It also covers death certificates, identification of the deceased and support for the bereaved.

Finding Hope
Finding Hope is a private trust with the aim of "helping mothers find their wings". The Trust provides care, support and education to mothers (and their families) with Postnatal Depression (PND) and related conditions, and also seeks to increase awareness and understanding of PND.

Kidshealth is a child and youth health information website for parents and health professionals. It is a joint initiative between the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

The Kids Help Foundation Trust
0800 WHATSUP (0800 9428787) is a telephone counselling service. All children and young people aged between 5 and 18 in New Zealand are free to call between noon and midnight seven days.

Skylight provides unique support to children, young people and their families/whānau experiencing change, loss, trauma and grief.

Sands New Zealand
Sands groups around New Zealand are made up of parents helping to care for other bereaved parents, families and friends. They promote awareness, understanding and support for those dealing with the death of a baby or infant.

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand
SPINZ is associated with the Mental Health Foundation. It provides best practice information on suicide prevention that supports effective intervention and prevention across New Zealand.


Last updated 31/01/2019