AJC: Rural hospitals bailing on babies
The AJC is up today with an excellent and hugely important story by Lynne Anderson about the state’s rural hospitals bailing out of baby business. This is the bow wave in the slow-motion disaster that is rural healthcare in Georgia in the 21st century.
One of several money grafs:
“It’s a trend that threatens the health of pregnant women in the state, critics say. Georgia ranks dead last in the rate of maternal deaths, with a larger percentage of women dying here from pregnancy or pregnancy-related complications than in any other state in the nation, according to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. And of Georgia’s 159 counties, 79 do not have an OB-GYN, in line with a national trend that has seen women’s reproductive health specialists retreat from less populated, rural areas, according to [Pat] Cota, [executive director of the Georgia OBGyn Association].”
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