Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative
In 2016, 357 infants born in Minnesota died before their first birthday. The vast majority (68%) of these deaths occurred in the first 28 days of life. Through review of vital records and other data, the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative identifies the factors associated with infant deaths and aims to reduce preventable mortality.
- Infant Mortality Reduction Plan for Minnesota (PDF)
This baseline report is part one of Minnesota's infant mortality reduction plan. It was developed in partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders from around the state to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality in communities across Minnesota. The plan contains infant mortality baseline data for the 2006-2010 period, and it outlines seven broad recommendations to achieve infant mortality reduction in the state by 2020. Infant Mortality Reduction Plan - accessible version (PDF)
- Infant Mortality Review
An action-oriented, collaborative activity examining the circumstances around infant deaths and how to prevent them.
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (Includes SIDS and other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths) and Safe Sleep
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants sleep on their backs in their own safety-approved crib, bassinet, or play yard and in a smoke-free environment to reduce the risk of sudden unexplained infant deaths (SUID). SUIDs includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in a Bed (ASSB). Sleep related tragedies during infancy are largely preventable.
- Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)
Abusive Head Trauma, which also includes Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), is 100% preventable. There are numerous resources available to parents and caregivers to provide support and encouragement.
- Preventing Premature Births
The health department has joined the March of Dimes and the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign to educate moms and moms-to-be, that if the pregnancy is healthy, it's best to wait until at least 39 weeks and to let labor begin on its own.