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Rural Hospitals Struggle to Provide OB/GYN Services

Sarah Scantling's daughter, Abilene, was born in Dryersburg, Tennessee, 30 miles from their home in Pemiscot County, Missouri. (Photo: Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media)

For rural hospitals struggling to stay afloat financially, obstetric services, which can be very costly, are often among the first programs to get cut. Today, more than half of the country’s rural counties no longer have a place for women to give birth. But women in those counties don’t stop having children. For Harvest Public Media, Bram Sable-Smith reports on what happens when maternity units go away.

This story was produced with Side Effects Public Media, a reporting collaborative focused on public health.


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