Infant Mortality
Prevention Team


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In 2017, the infant mortality in Bartholomew County had risen to an alarming rate with a very concerning spike in 2015 (13.7 deaths per 1,000 live births – the highest in the state for 2015).

In response to this trend, the Bartholomew County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team has been formed. This team meets quarterly to review fetal (still born deaths of greater than 20 weeks gestation) and infant deaths in Bartholomew County.

This team has also worked with the Bartholomew County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health to understand the causes of, circumstances surrounding and prevention opportunities of infant deaths in our community.

Definitions /Background

  • Infant mortality is defined as the death of an infant (any infant born alive) prior to their first birthday.
  • The infant mortality rate is defined as the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • Infant mortality is counted based on Mom’s county of residence when the death occurs.

Role of the Community Action Team

  • Work with community to implement interventions
  • Safeguard successful systems changesinitiated by FIMR
  • Enhance credibility and visibility of issues related to women, infants and families

A review of local cases of infant loss from 2015-2017 identified these priority areas:

  • Safe sleep practices
  • Preconception care
  • Decreasing premature deaths

Additional Resources:

Safe Sleep Resources:

The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program™

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)