Atlanta is a thriving city that serves as the political, economic and cultural center of the metropolitan area. As the most populous city in Georgia, Atlanta is home to 498,000 residents, with just over 12,500 live births a year. The city has 1.33 more Black residents than any other racial/ethnic group. The city also faces challenges. It is considered the top city for income inequality in America. Poverty, inadequate access to health care, being uninsured and the impact of systemic racism, help fuel the local maternal and infant health crisis. These factors contribute to high rates of preterm birth and infant mortality, particularly for communities of color.
Atlanta, 2017-2019 Average
Fulton County, 2016-2018 Average
Hundreds of thousands of babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. This story highlights some of the stories of the women and babies impacted and brings forward expert voices on why the premature birth rate is going up.
Access to prenatal care and quality medical care for birthing people can make the difference between life and death. This report shows that more than half of births in Georgia are paid for by Medicaid and Georgia is one of just three states to extend Medicaid coverage to postpartum women.
Read this press release announcing approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend Medicaid state plan benefits from 60 days to six months to postpartum women with incomes up to 220 percent of the federal poverty level.