March Of Dimes President On Maternal Care In Georgia

A new report from the March of Dimes finds at least two Georgia counties are lacking adequate maternity care.

This means mothers and babies are at risk of severe health issues and even death. And, the coronavirus pandemic is compounding the problem.

Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes, spoke to WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Lisa Rayam about the lack of maternity care in the state.

Stacey D. Stewart, president of March of Dimes

Stewart said the March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the health of mothers and babies. She told Rayam she finds the results of the new report very troubling.

Stewart said Clayton and Douglas Counties have been found lacking when it comes to maternity care and shared information on the prevalence of what the report calls maternity care deserts in Georgia.

“In Georgia, about 37% of the counties in the state are either considered maternity care deserts or have little to no access to maternity care,” she said.

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