State and Regional Differences in Access to Hospital-Based Obstetric Services for Rural Residents, 2018


Being pregnant in rural America presents unique challenges, as access to obstetric care continues to decline. Access to health care, as well as the social, economic, and environmental support for healthy pregnancy and childbirth, vary across rural areas and by state and U.S. region. The purpose of this policy brief is to measure state and regional differences in the availability of hospital-based obstetric services among rural hospitals in the U.S. in 2018.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Julia Interrante, Mariana Tuttle, Bridget Basile Ibrahim, Lindsay Admon, Katy Kozhimannil