September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

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September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants (CDC.gov).

Here at OCCHD we have a group called Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), which is an action-oriented, community-based process that examines the factors and issues that influence fetal and infant mortality in a community. The mission of FIMR is to identify and create systemic change that results in the reduction of the fetal and infant mortality rate. Ultimately, FIMR aims to inspire community changes that result in more women being healthy when they become pregnant, therefore increasing their chance of having a positive pregnancy outcome.

For more information go to www.occhd.org/fimr