Maternity Unit Closures in Rural America: How Locum Coverage Addresses the Trend

Babies wrapped in blanket in maternity ward

Maternity unit closures in smaller communities can have significant consequences. Based on the American Hospital Survey Databases, between 2015 and 2019, 89 rural hospitals in the U.S. shuttered their units. As a result, more than 2.2 million women of childbearing age live in counties where obstetrics care is no longer available locally. Utilizing locum providers […]