Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

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For more information, call 619-692-8045 or send an email


The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program works to understand health care systems and social problems that contribute to preventable fetal and infant deaths and for identifying and implementing interventions to rectify these problems.

The FIMR program is part of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and is required by the following authorities: Health & Safety Code, Sections 123650-123655, 100325-100330, 123725-123745, 462 and 10253.


  • Reduce fetal and infant deaths.
  • Identify factors beyond non-preventable medical reasons that cause babies to die before their first birthday or be stillborn.
  • Mobilize community to take action and make changes that may prevent future deaths.

About FIMR

Each year in San Diego County there are about 350 infant and fetal deaths. A fetal death, often called a stillbirth, occurs when a baby dies in the womb after the 20th week of pregnancy and before birth. An infant death occurs when a baby is born alive but dies before his or her first birthday. The most common medical causes are congenital anomaly (birth defect), prematurity (being born too early), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). FIMR works to prevent as many future deaths as possible.

Community leaders representing government, community agencies, other health and social service organizations, and women who have suffered a fetal or infant loss serve on the Community Action Team (CAT), which acts to implement activities to improve services and resources for families. 

Resources and Links

For more information, call 619-692-8045 or send an email


Webpage last updated  12/16/2019