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Rural Health
News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Sep 1, 2021 - Discusses the role of midwives in addressing limited access to maternal health services in rural areas. Describes the issue of maternal mortality in the U.S. and rural disparities in maternal mortality, rural hospital closures, and reductions in rural obstetric care.
Source: Deseret News
Aug 2, 2021 - Describes concerns in West Texas that rural obstetric unit closures could create a maternal health desert. Discusses the closure of a unit at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center and workforce recruitment and retention issues affecting rural obstetric care. Notes that 10 rural hospitals in Texas stopped delivering babies within the last 5 years, with 65 of 157 rural hospitals offering the service.
Source: Kaiser Health News