Maternal death rates highest in Georgia, Augusta | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jun

Maternal death rates highest in Georgia, Augusta | The Augusta Chronicle

Georgia suffers from a high infant mortality rate and is losing mothers at the highest rate, too, state officials said Friday. Moreover, rates in the Augusta area are the worst in the state, an Augusta Chronicle analysis found.

At the 5th Perinatal Health Symposium in Augus­ta, state officials said Georgia leads the nation in the maternal death rate, defined as death during pregnancy or the first year of the child’s life.

In 2011, there were 47 maternal deaths in Georgia, a rate of 35.5 per 100,000, compared with a national rate of 15.5 per 100,000 in 2008, according to data from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“That should not be happening here in Georgia or anywhere in this country,” said Dr. Seema Csukas, the director of the Maternal and Child Health Section for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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