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Maternity Home (MH)
Any place in which any person, society, agency, corporation or facility receives, treats or cares for, within any six-month period, more than one (1) pregnant woman whose child is to be born out of wedlock, either before, during or within two (2) weeks after childbirth. For purposes of these rules, services provided include full-time residential care, support and supervision for more than one (1) pregnant youth through 21 years of age who is either admitted during pregnancy or within two (2) weeks after delivery and who is not related to the owner by blood or marriage. For purposes of these rules, a maternity home may only provide such services to youth admitted to the home for a maximum period of eight (8) weeks following delivery unless providing second chance home services.
Facilities licensed by the Department of Community Health pursuant to rules and regulations for hospitals, Chapter 290-9-7.Facilities licensed by the Department of Community Health pursuant to rules and regulations for intermediate care homes, Chapter 290-5-9. Facilities licensed by the Department of Community Health pursuant to rules and regulations for birthing homes, Chapter 290-5-41. Facilities, agencies and homes wherein children and youth are detained which are operated by any department or agency of the state, county, or municipal government. Facilities owned and operated by the federal government. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 49-5-3, 49-5-8, 49-5-12.
A maternity home must obtain a license or temporary license.
Legal Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 49-5-12, 49-5-12.1, 49-2-17, 49-5-3, 49-5-8, and 49-5-60 et seq.
The following link will take you to the Code of Georgia-Free Public Access website Official Code of Georgia Annotated
Rules and Regulations for Maternity Homes, Chapter 290-2-29, effective January 4, 2012.
License: No charge
All applications are in Adobe Acrobat format and must be printed out and completed by hand.