Cobb & Douglas Public Health received a $75,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia to support critical maternal health services for local women in need. The funds will help support the Perinatal Case Management (PCM) and Babies Born Healthy (BBH) programs that directly affect pregnant women, nursing mothers and their children during the first stages of life.

Kaiser Permanente was the first corporate donor to support crucial health services that public health provides to under-served pregnant women and their children locally. Aiding women in need with early prenatal care helps reduce infant mortality and ensure both mother and child experience a healthy pregnancy and birth.

“We are very excited to be part of this partnership,” says Madelyn R. Adams, director of community benefit for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “These funds help women receive early prenatal care, which increases the chance of healthy births—preferably in the maternity unit and not the ER.”

Donations from this grant go directly to support services of the PCM Program, which helps connect expecting mothers to resources and needed services to begin their prenatal care. The overarching goals of the program are to reduce preterm labor and the incidence of low birth weight babies.

Funds from Kaiser Permanente also allow Cobb & Douglas Public Health to enroll more women in the BBH program. This program protects the health and safety of under- or uninsured moms and babies in Cobb and Douglas counties through reduced-cost services and payor of last resort funds for very low income women with partnerships through participating OB/GYN clinics and others.

For more information about either of these programs, please visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org, or call 770-514-2300.