Briefs & Reports

Delivery of Very Low Birth Weight Infants Georgia: Improving Performance

OBGyn Society of Georgia

Donna Strugar-Fritsch
Lori Weiselberg
Mark Trail

The Georgia OBGyn Society contracted with Health Management Associates (HMA) to conduct an analysis of factors contributing to the state’s low performance on the national maternal-child health measure related to very low birth weight infants (VLBW, defined as < 1,500 gm) and their delivery hospital within the state’s Regional Perinatal System (RPS). The RPS designates and funds six Regional Perinatal Centers (RPCs) across the state.

HMA conducted extensive research, including a literature review, interviews with state and national maternal child health and region perinatal system experts, a survey of the state’s OBGyn physicians, and analysis of four sources of data on VLBW births to Georgia residents.