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Study Finds Family Physicians Deliver Babies in Majority of Rural Hospitals

Source
Medical Xpress
Date
Oct 19, 2021
Summary
Describes a study of family physicians in rural maternity care that found that in 185 rural hospitals in 10 states, 67% had family physicians deliver babies and in 27% of the hospitals they were the only physicians who delivered babies. Discusses issues of access to maternal care if family physicians leave or are not employed at rural hospitals, highlighting the need for specialized training programs to support the rural workforce.
Tagged as
Access · Health workforce supply and demand · Hospitals · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Women