In 2017, over 1,300 babies died in Florida before their first birthday. This ranked Florida 29th among states with an infant mortality rate of 6.1 deaths for every 1,000 live births.

While PBC has made significant strides in closing racial disparities, infant mortality continues to be a major social crisis and health concern in our state and community that requires consistent attention to be able to identify and address the root causes. Research shows that infant mortality is associated with many factors before, during and after birth including maternal health, prenatal and postnatal care, and access to quality health care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of infant mortality are:

Palm Beach County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program

To examine the complex factors and issues that impact fetal and infant mortality in our community, PBC is assembling a team of multi-sector partners who will work together to design strategies and develop community-driven solutions to help prevent these tragedies from occurring.

This collaborative effort is being led by the Florida Institute for Health Innovation in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and Children’s Services Council of PBC.  If you are interested in partnering to create systemic change that results in the reduction of fetal and infant mortality, please consider becoming a member of the PBC-FIMR Case Review Team (CRT) or Community Action Group (CAG) today.

Everyone has a role to play in the FIMR process:

Resources for Families

If you or someone you know has recently experienced the loss of a baby, you are not alone. The PBC-FIMR team can help refer you to a qualified professional to support you in your journey through grief. You can also access our online bereavement resources to find a list of local and national programs specializing in grief counseling and support services.

Visit to learn more about the PBC-FIMR program.

For questions or more information, please contact Danielle Lewald, PBC-FIMR Program Manager at or 561-838-4444.

Data Sources:

  1. Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
  2. CDC Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


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