The House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality heard some alarming statistics Thursday — but also heard from experts on work being done by researchers and institutions across the state to address Georgia’s high maternal mortality rate.

Dr. Jacob Warren, Mercer University School of Medicine, Center of Rural Health and Health Disparities, reported on the differences in the rate of maternal mortality among women in urban Georgia and women in rural areas of the state. According to Warren, the rate among rural African American women is 30 percent higher than African American women in urban areas of the state. He also reported that white women in rural Georgia have a rate that is 50 percent higher than their counterparts in urban areas of the state. 

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