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As Fertility Rates Fall in U.S., Gap Widens Between Rural and Urban Counties
Oct 17, 2018 - Highlights the results of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on fertility rates in the U.S. Rural areas have been associated with higher fertility rates and worse birth outcomes than urban or suburban areas. The age at which women first become mothers has risen across the board, but a gap remains between urban and rural areas. In 2017, the average for rural counties was 24.5 years of age and the average for urban was 27.7 years of age.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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SAMHSA Releases Guides to Help Women Navigate Opioid Use Disorder Treatment While Pregnant
Sep 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is releasing four Healthy Pregnancy: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets designed to help women who have opioid use disorders and who are also pregnant or are mothers of infants. These fact sheets explain the process for treating opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome and provide information to help them seek care and to manage pregnancy and treatment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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The Forgotten Frontier: Nursing Done in Wild Places
Sep 20, 2018 - Highlights the history of the Frontier Nursing Service, which was founded in 1925 in Appalachian Kentucky to provide healthcare in a remote area with few healthcare providers. Features reports and documentaries that captured the care provided, including midwifery services, vaccinations, and other services to meet the healthcare needs of the population.
Source: Circulating Now
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About the Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge
Sep 14, 2018 - Announcement of the Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge, which launches on September 19, 2018. This challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support tech innovations to improve access to quality healthcare for pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health
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