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Perinatal Health

Purpose of the Program

The primary focus of the Georgia Perinatal Health program is to assure pregnant women in Georgia every opportunity to access comprehensive perinatal health care services appropriate to meet their individual needs.  Perinatal services are provided along a continuum: to provide preconceptual health promotion with the goal of decreasing the number of unintended pregnancies; Antepartum care to maintain and improve maternal health during pregnancy; Intrapartum care to maintain and improve maternal health resulting in a healthy baby; and Post partum care which provides clinical services consistent with antepartum and intrapartum services. 

What does the program do?

The Perinatal Health Unit is committed to providing high-quality perinatal care to Georgians as it recognizes that there is a direct relationship between perinatal birth outcomes and the quality of healthcare services. Preterm birth, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than 26 billion annually, and of these preterm births 19,500 are right here in Georgia. The Perinatal Health program serves to promote the health of women and infants by assisting them in accessing risk appropriate, comprehensive, quality perinatal services close to home.

How many people are helped by the program?

The goal of Perinatal Health is to serve the entire population currently experiencing pregnancy.  There were 133,668 births reported in the State of Georgia in 2010, of these there were 16, 355 premature births, and over half of these births were covered by the State Medicaid Insurance.    

Why is the program important?

The number one cause of infant mortality in the United States in congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities; however, in Georgia, the leading cause of infant death, are disorders related to preterm birth and low birth weight. In 2010 the Infant Mortality Rate for Georgia was 6.3%.   Research indicates that ensuring that high-risk pregnant women and newborns receive risk-appropriate care can reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

Where are services located?

Basic perinatal services include comprehensive obstetric care through neonatal newborn services.  Additionally, there are six Regional Perinatal Centers, specially qualified hospitals, which are designated to specific geographic regions that provide the most advanced care for high risk mothers and infants.

 Phoebe Putney Memorial
 417 Third Avenue
 Albany, Georgia 31701
 The Medical Center
 710 Center St,
 Columbus, GA 31901
 Grady Memorial Hospital
 80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive
 Atlanta, GA 30303 ·
 Medical Center/Central GA
 777 Hemlock Street
 Macon, GA 31201
 Medical  College of Georgia
 1446 Harper Street 
 Augusta, GA 30912
 Memorial Medical Center
 4700 Waters Ave
 Savannah, GA 31404

Contact Information

Family and Community Health
2 Peachtree Street, NW
11th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303