Program looks to cut Georgia's maternal death rate

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 20 Georgia hospitals are participating in a program focused on reducing the state's maternal death rate.

WABE-FM reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1gfIiUL ) that the hospitals are taking part in an initiative being led by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Deborah Bingham is vice president of research, education and publications for the association. Bingham says Georgia hospitals were chosen to participate because Georgia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country.

Bingham says the effort is focused on reducing maternal deaths and injuries by improving the ways hospitals recognize and respond to postpartum hemorrhages and heavy bleeding.

The station reports that hospitals participating in the program are doing so on a voluntary basis.

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