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Maternity Deserts: Pregnant and Nowhere to Go

Maternity Deserts: Pregnant and Nowhere to Go AUSTIN, Texas -- When it comes to maternity care, many women are on their own during and after pregnancy due to increasing swaths of the country becoming areas with limited or no access to obstetrics care. Maternity-care deserts are much like food deserts; in this case counties with limited access, either through lack of services or barriers to a woman's ability to access that care. According to March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart, Texas women and babies, especially those of color, are very vulnerable and have become more so due to the pandemic. ...(Read More)

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