Savannah primary care office partners with March of Dimes to address high premature birth rates

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A statewide and local partnership is helping address the high number of premature babies born across Georgia.

The 2020 March of Dimes Report Card found that the state’s preterm birth rate is 11.7%, and also revealed that Chatham County’s preterm birth rate of 12.6% is Georgia’s highest.

With the help of a $40,000 grant from longtime March of Dimes partner, the Amerigroup Foundation, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care is working to tackle the problem.

The Savannah-based doctor’s office, which provides care for underserved communities, has been implementing the IMPLICIT Interconception Care model.

IMPLICIT stands for “Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low-birth-weight Infants using Continuous Improvement Techniques.”

The model takes into account the health of both the mother and the child.

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