The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program is modeled after the National FIMR Program of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The FIMR Program is a method for understanding the health care system and social problems that contribute to preventable fetal and infant deaths, and for identifying and implementing local interventions to rectify the identified problems. The FIMR Program empowers local community members to take the necessary steps to improve fetal and infant mortality within their own communities. It is a community-based, action-oriented process with the intent to improve health and social services for families. Through FIMR, the community, in effect, becomes the expert and acquires knowledge about the entire local service delivery system and community resources for women, infants, and their families. FIMR is designed to:
- Identify and examine factors that contribute to fetal, neonatal, and postneonatal deaths by establishing ongoing case review and community action teams,
- Make recommendations that address the contributing factors, and
- Mobilize the community to implement interventions that lead to system and community changes in order to reduce fetal and infant deaths.
Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Resources