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Maternal health care is disappearing in rural communities
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Maternal health care is disappearing in rural communities

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Maternal health care is disappearing in rural parts of the country, including right here in Alabama—making it tougher for people to get the care they need to deliver healthy babies.According to the American Hospital Association, nearly half of rural hospitals across the U.S. don’t offer labor and delivery services, leaving expectant mothers in maternity care deserts.“34 or our 55 rural counties, we don’t have delivery services.”President of the Alabama Hospital Association, Dr. Don Williamson, said there are several reasons why maternal health care is vanishing, especially in rural communities.“You’ve got difficulty recruiting physicians in the rural areas, you’ve got a significant financial challenge of delivering, and liability has certainly been a problem as...