Fetal & Infant Mortality

Fetal Infant Mortality Review


The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is a community-based, action-oriented program designed to enhance the health and well being of women, infants, and families through the review of individual cases of fetal and infant death.
 

Purpose


The purpose of the FIMR Program is to understand how social, economic, health, educational, environmental and safety issues relate to infant loss on a local level and in turn utilize that information to improve community resources and systems of care to reduce fetal and infant mortality.

The FIMR process consists of 5 components:
  • Case review
  • Community action
  • Grief and bereavement support
  • Maternal interview
  • Records review

Process


The process begins when the program is notified that a fetal or infant death has occurred. The FIMR Program receives referrals from hospitals, the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration, case management programs and other perinatal providers.

The FIMR process offers communities a way to discover unmet needs to improve the health of mothers and infants.

If you have experienced a fetal or infant death and would like to speak with
a public health nurse, please call 301-600-1733.

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