ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Georgia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, but a state program to help expectant mothers deliver healthy babies lost its funding because of budget cuts.
Close to 280 women in a 14-county area used the Babies Born Healthy program last year.
To offset the loss, the Southwest Georgia Health District will apply for a grant from the March of Dimes to operate the CenteringPregnancy® program in two of the counties with the highest enrollments, Colquitt and Grady.
"The providers want patients to be able to come in for care, but they can't provide the care for no charge to the patient. With the funding it would offset some of the start up cost and we would actually supply nurses and interpreters," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District
The last batch of money for Babies Born Healthy ran out in June. The Department should find out early next year if they'll get the March of Dimes Funding.