Fetal & Infant Mortality

Tulsa's Fetal & Infant Mortality

Working to Reduce Infant Mortality

The TFIMR program studies fetal and infant deaths in our community in order to identify trends and implement preventive measures to reduce the infant mortality rate. TFIMR currently reviews deaths that occur in Tulsa, Rogers, Creek, Osage, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Wagoner and Washington counties.

A TFIMR Case Review Team examines local cases of fetal or infant death by reviewing information collected from physician and hospital records, parent interviews, relevant documents, etc. The team also identifies barriers to care and trends in service delivery, and suggests ideas to improve policies and systems that affect families.

A TFIMR Community Action Team then puts these recommendations into action appropriate for our community and participates in implementing interventions designed to address the identified problems.

TFIMR Community Specialists are available to schedule a private interview with families that have lost a child. The interview may take place in your home or in a place of your choice, at a convenient time for you. Questions about your pregnancy, delivery and experience surrounding the loss of your child will be asked. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. Your privacy is important to us. We will share the information you give us to help improve the health care system, but no names will be identified during the process. Call our Community Specialist if you have questions about the home interview process at 918-595-4474.

The TFIMR program is a collaborative effort of the Tulsa Health Department, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative and the Family Health Coalition. For more information, please contact the division manager of Health Data and Evaluation, Kelly VanBuskirk, at 918-595-4448.


The infant mortality rate for 2012-2014 in Tulsa County was 8.0 deaths per 1,000 live births, while across the state of Oklahoma the infant mortality rate for the same period was 7.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Center for Health Statistics, Health Care Information, Vital Statistics 2012 to 2014, on Oklahoma Statistics on Health Available for Everyone (OK2SHARE)

Related Resources

Safe Sleep Environment

Providing a safe sleep environment is an important step you can take to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), suffocation and accidental death. Download our free Safe Sleep Checklist:

If you need assistance in obtaining a pack-n-play for your baby, please contact: 

CRT Membership

Click here to visit our CRT member portal. If interested in becoming a member of either the Case Review Team or Community Action Team, please contact Joani Dotson at jdotson@tulsa-health.org.