And now a program to combat that has been extended.
Georgia has rewarded the Baby Luv project with $50,000 to help high-risk, expectant moms deliver healthy babies.
Health officials provide the program's more than 100 moms with everything from gas vouchers to medical care.
Some of the moms-to-be are as young as 13-years-old and would otherwise have nowhere to turn.
"If they didn't have Baby Luv, they wouldn't know what to do with their early-on pregnancy," said Tiffany Crowell, the perinatal executive director of the South Health District. "They wouldn't know the importance of prenatal vitamins, or even folic acid, or they wouldn't know that we can also help them before they have their baby."
Since 2008, the Baby Luv program has helped more than 300 women.
For more information about its outreach services call 229-219-1211.
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