Perinatal Health

Perinatal Health
Regional Perinatal Centers
GA Perinatal Quality Collaboratve
Georgia 5-STAR
Infant Mortality
Maternal Mortality
O.C.G.A§ 31-2A-31 Annual Report (2018)

Perinatal services are focused on the health of women and babies before, during and after birth. The Georgia Perinatal Health program aims to assure pregnant women in Georgia every opportunity to access comprehensive perinatal health care services appropriate to meet their individual needs. 

Local Health District Breastfeeding Centering Pregnancy
Birth Control Preterm Birth Tobacco Quit Line
Social Support Safe Sleep Nutrition

The Georgia Department of Public Health is committed to providing access to high-quality perinatal care to Georgians as we recognize that there is a direct relationship between perinatal birth outcomes and the quality of health care 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 number one cause of infant mortality in the United States is 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 2013 the Infant Mortality Rate for Georgia was 7.2%.   Research indicates that ensuring that high-risk pregnant women and newborns receive risk-appropriate care can reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

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.

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.

 Albany, Georgia 31701
 Columbus, GA 31901
 Atlanta, GA 30303 ·
 Macon, GA 31201
 Augusta, GA 30912
 Savannah, GA 31404


Maternal and Neonatal Center Designation Program

Levels of maternal and neonatal care provide guidelines that help ensure mothers and infants receive care in a facility that has the personnel and resources appropriate for their level of risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its most recent guidelines for levels of neonatal care in 2012. In 2015, the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released an Obstetric Care Consensus (OCC) outlining guidelines for levels of maternal care.

All hospitals in Georgia offering labor and delivery services receive a certificate of need authorizing them to provide a level of perinatal care through the Georgia Department of Community Health. In 2019, Georgia will begin the Maternal and Neonatal Center Designation program to verify that hospitals meet the requirements for the level of care they have been authorized to provide through the Certificate of Need program using a set of requirements that are closely aligned with the AAP and OCC guidelines. 

The Maternal and Neonatal Center Designation program is voluntary. Hospitals that choose to participate in this voluntary program will complete a site survey with an organization approved by the Department of Public Health. We anticipate that site surveys will begin in the fall of 2019. We will continue to post more information as it becomes available. 

DPH Designated Maternal Center Self-Assessment Tool
DPH Designated Neonatal Center Self-Assessment Tool

Contact Information

Perinatal Health
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, NW
11th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Page last updated 9/27/18