Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative
In 2013, 349 infants born in Minnesota died before their first birthday. The vast majority (71.3%) 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 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 and in a smoke-free environment to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDS), which includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related infant deaths. Infant sleep-related deaths are primarily due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in a bed (ASSB). Infant deaths due to suffocation and strangulation in bed are preventable.
- Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
SBS is 100% preventable and 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.