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Report warns of increasing ‘maternity care deserts’ in America

Posted On: Oct. 13, 2022 9:51 AM CST

Facility closures and limited obstetrics providers are leaving more women of childbearing age and their babies without nearby maternity services, according to a new report from March of Dimes, reports Fierce Healthcare. Thirty-six percent of U.S. counties had no hospital or birth center offering obstetrics care or any other obstetrics providers in 2020, representing a 2% increase in “maternity care deserts” from a similar report published two years prior, the group found.