Perinatal Provider Resources
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.
Page last updated 9/18/2020