The nation’s rate of maternal mortality has been steadily rising, and nowhere is that increase more evident than in Georgia. Georgia has the highest rate of maternal deaths among the 50 states, according to public health officials here. The Georgia estimate of 35 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2011 has risen from 20.5 from the period 2001 to 2006.
For teachers and students all over the state, summer is over. One teacher returned to her classroom as a new mom. Many educators aim for summer due dates so they can stay home with their babies longer or without taking maternity leave.