Rural hospitals struggle to keep obstetric services, seek alternative healthcare solutions

Rural hospitals in the United States are struggling to keep their obstetric services going for various reasons, ranging from staffing shortages and inflation to lower birth volumes and financial hardship.

Hospitals in rural locations simply cannot provide maternal care if they don’t have enough volume or resources to run their labor and delivery units. According to a recent study from the University of Minnesota published in JAMA health forum, rural hospitals need to perform at least 200 births a year to maintain patient safety and...

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