Health throughout one’s lifetime is influenced by the interplay of risk and protective factors, such as socioeconomic status, environmental exposures, health behaviors, stress, and nutrition. Deaths across the lifespan often have intertwined risk factors. Using the Life Course Framework and building on the successful model of Child Fatality Review, the Ohio Department of Health initiated an additional review program in 2014 to more fully understand the issues of fetal and infant mortality.
Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, community-based program that identifies local infant mortality issues through the review of fetal and infant deaths and develops recommendations and initiatives to reduce infant deaths.
FIMR is a community-owned and action-oriented process to improve service systems and resources for women, infants and families. Maternal interviews are completed as a key part of the FIMR processes and give insight into the mother’s experience before and during pregnancy, and the time of the infant’s death. Interviews convey the mother’s story of her encounters with local service systems and provide understanding and information about health equity and disparities among populations in the community.
Ohio currently has nine FIMR teams:
Ohio Department of Health
Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program
246 North High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215