As labor and delivery units around the state continue to close at Georgia hospitals, concerns over the already high rate of maternal mortality is finally garnering attention.
The closures emphasizes continued concerns with regard to the long drives to hospitals once a mother begins the labor process. The majority of the closures are due to funding problems where births are Medicaid births and hospitals are not fully reimbursed for the cost of delivery and the doctors.
Currently, Georgia is No. 41 for infant mortality and No. 50 for maternal mortality. The Georgia legislature created a committee to brainstorm solutions, but results have not yet been delivered to the public.