The Northeast Florida Fetal & Infant Mortality Review program was highlighted at a recent training for the development of a survey to better understand bedsharing.
Sleep-related deaths accounted for 16.8 percent of all infant deaths in 2014. The FIMR Case Review Team’s annual recommendation included a focus on safe sleep. The NEFL FIMR Community Action Team, which implements the Case Review Team’s recommendations, administered the survey with several hundred Magnolia Project participants. The results showed many families choose to sleep with their babies because it feels safer; they don’t have a crib or bassinet; or are breastfeeding.
The Coalition received funding through the March of Dimes Florida Chapter 2016 Community Grant program to expand the survey to all five counties and develop a marketing campaign using the results.