Barriers to Access Maternal and Perinatal Care

March 8, 2024 | Health System Risk Management


​​​​​Limited access to obstetric and reproductive care increases the risk of pregnancy-related deaths, preterm deliveries, low-birthweight babies, infant mortality, adverse outcomes associated with unintended pregnancies, and disproportionately harms people of color and other vulnerable populations.

Sources: Brigance et al; Nelson et al

About 2.2 million women of reproductive age in the US live in maternity care deserts—representing approximately 1,100 counties with no hospitals providing obstetric care, no birth centers, no obstetrics-gynecology (OB-GYN) providers, and no certified nurse midwives (CNM)**. ** Another 4.7 million have limited access...

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