Rural women’s health update: Study finds some rural hospitals no longer deliver babies

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In a July 2019 report, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health outlines changes in rural access to obstetrical services in the last 10 years, and other important details about rural maternal health coverage.

The Wisconsin Obstetrics Study found that, in the past 10 years, 11 hospitals in rural Wisconsin have stopped delivering babies, a 24% decline. (Nationally, the decline from 2004 to 2014 in rural hospitals offering obstetrics services was closer to 9%.) The most commonly-cited reason for discontinuing delivery service?

“…issues with provider coverage, including challenges maintaining adequate numbers of on-call providers, coverage of Cesarean deliveries, and concerns with staff skill maintenance.”

Check out the interactive maps of changes in obstetric services across Wisconsin from 1997-2016, and read more of the report’s important findings. We’re proud to be part of the solution for improving rural access to ob-gyn care with our still-only-in-the-nation rural residency training program!