Kalamaoo County

Health and Community Services Department


(269) 373-5279

Medical research project examines incidents of infant death in Kalamazoo County. Identifies trends, reviews findings, and makes recommendations to reduce infant mortality. Provides emergency grief and trauma counseling to families experiencing infant death.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FIMR?
FIMR stands for Fetal-Infant Mortality Review, which is a process used to look at fetal and infant deaths.  Findings are then given to a community action team to come up with creative ideas to help improve birth outcomes for women, and to reduce infant mortality in our community.

FIMR can provide information about our health care system, and how it affects families when the attempt to get services.  FIMR can provide information about what some mothers go through during their pregnancies and how it impacts the birth of their babies.

Who makes up FIMR?
A group of community individuals volunteer their time to look at why babies are dying.  This group of people is called a Community Review Team (CRT).  The team is made up of people like you and me who care about the death of an infant.  Members include doctors, nurses, social workers, and others.

How does FIMR work?
Every month the CRT comes together to review cases about infants that died the year before. Each case is a summary of everything that can be found about the pregnancy and the infant.  All names of babies, mothers, medical staff and facilities are removed to keep the information confidential.

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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