Fetal Infant Mortality Review

Fetal and Infant Mortality Review

What is FIMR?
  • an action-oriented process leading to creative ideas to improve community resources and services systems for woman, infants and families
  • a timely and valuable source of information about changing health care systems and how they affect real families trying to access them
  • a community coalition that promotes volunteerism and good citizenship and will translate into local accountability and pride
  • a community coalition that can represent all ethnic and cultural views in the community and becomes a model of respect and understanding
  • a cost-saving process maximizing efficient use of local services and resources
  • a strategy that improves communication among health and human service providers
  • a method that takes the most successful process? continuous quality improvement ? that businesses use to produce better products and applies it to produce better health care for children and families
  • a voice for local families who have lost their baby
  • a tool that helps local health officials develop the core public health functions of assessment and assurance and implement policies to safeguard families
  • a program supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • The website for the National Fetal-Infant Mortality Review Program (NFIRM)Click Here
How do we define a fetal and infant death?
Fetal Death = death of a fetus over a 20-week gestation period. The death is indicated by the fact that, after expulsion or extraction, the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.

Infant Death = Any death at any time from birth up to, but not including, one year of age (364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes from the moment of birth).
Solano County's FIMR program objectives
  • Examine significant socio-economic, safety and health-system factors that are associated with fetal and infant mortality
  • Recommend interventions and policies to improve the service system and community resources
  • Participate in the implementation of community-based interventions and policies
  • Assess the progress of the interventions
FIMR Team Recommendations:
2004-2009 Solano County FIMR Report
Download the 2004-2009 Solano County FIMR Report (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the document).

Free Materials:
Your Baby Matters - Solano County Coalition to Reduce Infant Death designed a English/Spanish brochure and posters to help educate the community about reducing the risk of SIDS. Posters are available in English, Spanish, and English featuring African American babies. Materials funded in part by the SIDS Alliance of Northern California.

If you would like to join the FIMR team, please contact: Susan Whalen, Sr. Health Education Specialist, at 707-784-8397 or SWhalen@solanocounty.com