The public controversy over Georgia’s dismal maternal mortality statistics continues to spur action among the state’s elected officials, and this past week state legislators heard from medical professionals on the problem and what could be working in some areas, especially as it comes to women’s mental health.

“One of the most striking things that was ever said to me was, in downtown Macon, we were administering the Barkin Index to low-income … postpartum women, and one of the women, after she filled out the Barkin Index she looked at me and said, ‘Thank you for this. No one has ever asked about me before,’” said Dr. Jennifer Barkin, an associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at Mercer University, at the hearing of the state House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality.

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