Rural Maternity Care Crisis

The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform released an article detailing the crisis in Rural maternity Care. Not only do over half of rural US hospitals not offer labor and delivery services, but many more are at risk of no longer providing maternity care. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations still providing this care should engage potential patients to ensure they know they have accessible maternal services. Additionally, it is critical to remember that the provider’s working environment is the patient’s care environment.  Efforts to engage staff and prevent understaffing which leads to provider burnout will ultimately better patient outcomes.

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