COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The number of infants that die in Columbus is 50 percent higher than the national average, and a plan is now in the works to help expectant mothers give their children a better head start in life.
News Leader Nine toured the Trinity Center for Women, where state-of-the-art care will soon be offered.
These OB/GYN physicians and midwives have been practicing for years in the Columbus community but now they are moving to a new facility offering new opportunities.
Certified Nurse Midwife Melissa Terry Flynn said, "This affords us the opportunity to see patients more efficiently with better facilities, larger rooms so two midwives can be functioning at the same time in this building wonderfully with this upgraded space."
"All the rooms were changed from cardiac rooms to OB/GYN rooms, it took a lot to get that done. It's been a lot of work by a lot of people," added The Trinity Center for Women's business manager Lisa Burgamy.
Flynn says the infant mortality rate in Columbus is almost 50 percent higher than the national average, "And that points back to inadequate pre-natal care for a lot of women. There are a lot of under-served women in this community who haven't had pre-natal care at all."
And the Trinity Center for Women is looking to change that.
"Hopefully as we get this facility up and running we will be able to provide space for more of those women and continue to provide the excellent healthcare," Flynn told News Leader Nine.
The center is up and running, and they already have a packed schedule for the rest of the week.
Burgamy added, "It's awesome to be able to give back to the community that has given us so much."
The Trinity Center for Women is located at 2724 Warm Springs Road in Columbus. To make an appointment or to learn more you can call the center at (706)257-7430.