Georgia maternal mortality solutions proposed in public hearing

At a public hearing held Thursday to address maternal mortality in Georgia, the consensus among state legislators, healthcare workers and advocates was clear: Pregnancy-related deaths, which disproportionately impact Black and brown women in Georgia, are largely preventable.

And the state is doing far too little to address the problem.  

For four hours, physicians, doulas and community organizers testified before the Georgia House Democratic Caucus committee on maternal mortality about their experiences suffering from pregnancy-related health complications, or advocating for patients with high-risk pregnancies.

Several of the speakers brought in pictures of loved ones who had died during labor or shortly afterwards, often citing inadequate medical care and lack of education around pregnancy-related health issues as contributing factors.