Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative

The Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative identifies medical, social and environmental factors associated with fetal and infant deaths through the review of vital records and other data. Technical assistance and other resources are available to promote activities that improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce preventable mortality.

Preconception and Interconception Health

Planning for a pregnancy and being in good health before pregnancy are essential steps in promoting healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes. Even the best prenatal care cannot, in seven or eight months, correct all of the poor health and environmental circumstances that could affect fetal development, birth outcomes and lifelong health conditions of both the mother and infant.

Go to the Preconception and Interconception Health page.

MN Safe and Asleep Campaign

Minnesota’s Safe and Asleep in a Crib of Their Own Campaign was launched in July 2007, and continues as a partnership with a number of state and community organizations. Visit the Safe and Asleep Campaign page for more information including crib resources and educational materials.

Archived video conference available: "Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: Infant Mortality Trends, Parental Grief and the Role of the Public Health Nurse". Presenters: Kathleen Fernbach, PHN, Director of the Minnesota SID Center of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics and Susan Mewborn, LICSW, Mental Health Consultant, Minnesota SID Center. For more information and to view the conference, see video conference details.

The nursing education curriculum on SIDS risk reduction is now available online. The curriculum was developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute on Nursing Research (NINR), components of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with First Candle/SIDS Alliance and many researchers, organizations, nurses, and nursing organizations. This free course will provide 1.1 CEUs from the Maryland Nurses Association. A printable certificate is provided.

Click here to access the course, Nursing Education Curriculum on SIDS Risk Reduction.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Child Care America is pleased to announce the release of a new online module on Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Child Care. This free course is designed to educate everyone who cares for babies, including child care providers, health care professionals, parents, grandparents, and relatives. In one hour, participants will learn how to create a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep related deaths. Child care providers will receive a certificate of completion for 1.0 contact hours. Health care professionals can also receive credit.

Click here for more details and to access the course, Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Child Care.

For more information and materials on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, visit

Disparities in Infant Mortality
Published January 2009

This report describes the current status of infant mortality in Minnesota, summarizes efforts to address infant mortality, and discusses the ongoing need to reduce racial and ethnic disparities.

Disparities in Infant Mortality Report (PDF: 4.27MB/66 pages)

American Indian Infant Mortality Review Project: Minnesota 2005-2007
Report released Summer 2008

This report describes a community-based project undertaken to address the disparity in infant mortality rates of Minnesota's American Indian infants as compared to white infants. The report describes the process and methods used and includes templates of materials so other communities or populations could consider a similar project. The report includes findings from the review and recommendations that were developed to reduce American Indian infant deaths.

Download the American Indian Infant Mortality Report (PDF: 827KB/100 pages).

Smoking and Pregnancy

Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely than nonsmokers to have a low birth weight baby, a miscarriage, a stillbirth or a premature birth. Smokers’ babies are also more at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The good news is that pregnancy motivates women to quit. Here are resources to help:

Additional Resources

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