Health professionals and emergency responders participated in a training called STORK, Stabilizing OB and Neonatal Patients, Training for OB/Neonatal Emergencies, Outcome Improvements, Resource Sharing, and Kind Care for Vulnerable Families, at Mississippi Center For Emergency Services in Jackson, Miss. 

With delivery services becoming more scarce, rural hospitals struggling to stay open and the state’s infant and maternal mortality rates ranking among the highest in the country, those in the medical industry without special obstetrics training are in demand to help recognize and handle obstetric emergencies. This training, which was open to all medical professionals and first responders, was created by University of Mississippi Medical Center doctors and staff. It equipped participants with the knowledge to handle emergencies like high blood pressure and hemorrhage to save lives.

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.