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Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

Infant mortality is a long term issue, not just a momentary crisis

Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is a community-owned, action-oriented process aimed at improving service systems and resources for women, infants and families.

The FIMR process brings a community team together to examine confidential, de-identified cases of infant deaths. The purpose of these reviews is to understand how local social, economic, public health, educational, environmental and safety issues relate to the tragedy of infant loss.

Once the team completes a case review, recommendations for specific system improvements are made to a Community Action Team (CAT). In Genesee County, our CAT is Priority Children. These recommendations are then forwarded to existing groups where they can be implemented.

As service systems and resources continue to improve through FIMR, the future for local women, infants and families will be better. (Source:  National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program, July 2001, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.)

The Genesee County FIMR program was initiated in 1998 by the Genesee County Health Department. Since the implementation of the program a number of recommendations have been put into action: “Face Up to Wake Up” Safe Sleep Campaign, a uniform prenatal assessment form (Prenatal Risk Assessment Tool, “PRAT”), “Always Alone in a Crib of Their Own” education campaign, and Quarterly Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Reviews.

To find out more about the Genesee County FIMR program call (810) 237-4607. You can also visit the National FIMR website at http://www.acog.org/goto/nfimr .