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Sun Nov 21, 2021, 11:10 PM

A rural hospital closed its obstetrics unit. Here's what happened afterward.

Shantell Jones gave birth in an ambulance parked on the side of a Connecticut highway. Even though she lived six blocks away from a hospital, the emergency vehicle had to drive to another one about 30 minutes away.

The closer medical center, Windham Hospital, discontinued labor and delivery services last year and is working to permanently cease childbirth services after “years of declining births and recruitment challenges,” its operator, Hartford HealthCare, has said.

But medical and public health experts say the step could potentially put pregnant women at risk if they don't have immediate access to medical attention. Losing obstetrics services, they said, could be associated with increased preterm births, emergency room births and out-of-hospital births without resources nearby, like Jones' childbirth experience.

The dilemma Jones faced is one that thousands of other pregnant women living in rural communities without obstetrics units nearby are encountering as hospitals cut back or close services to reduce costs. Nationwide, 53 rural counties lost obstetrics care from 2014 through 2018, according to a 2020 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which also found that out of 1,976 rural counties in the country, 1,045 never had hospitals with obstetrics services to begin with.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/rural-hospital-closed-its-obstetrics-unit-hitting-most-vulnerable-hardest-n1284254

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Sun Nov 21, 2021, 11:31 PM

1. Those family values Republicans will get on this right away!

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Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:03 AM

4. That's one for the "Yeah, sure" file.

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Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:01 AM

2. K&R

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Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:03 AM

3. KnR

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