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
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.
A story reporting how Georgia received an “F” on the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card because of its increasing number of preterm births. 2020 was the second straight year that Georgia received a failing grade from March of Dimes.
Stacey D. Stewart, March of Dimes President and CEO, spoke to WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Lisa Rayam about the lack of maternity care in the state.