Maternity Care Deserts
2.2 million women
In 36% of U.S. counties have zero access to maternity care
10% of counties
Have limited access to maternity care
2 in 3
Maternity care deserts are in rural counties
1 in 6
Black infants are born in areas with limited or no access to maternity care
Maternity wards have closed across the U.S since 2011
Of rural hospitals nationwide are either at immediate or high risk of closure
Maternity Care Desert Research
A large percentage of women living in areas with limited or no access to maternity care already face a greater share of risk due to social determinants of health; such as limited insurance coverage, food or job insecurity, financial stress, and other challenges.
The issues created by lack of access disproportionately affect low-income women, women of color, and those who live in marginalized communities. Babyscripts addresses geographic and SDOH barriers through our asynchronous tech solution.
Connected health interventions for low-risk pregnant women in a rural population via Babyscripts resulted in healthcare engagement and remote BP monitoring comparable to that observed in the urban setting.
Care coordination facilitated through Babyscripts improved attendance at prenatal care visits and provided a reliable and efficient system that was successfully implemented within an underserved, urban obstetrical population.
Virtual Care Resource Center
There is no quick solution for maternity ward closures.
But there are immediate opportunities to improve the circumstances and enhance the chances of safe and healthy deliveries for women in these underserved regions.
The primary concern for these women is not the process of childbirth itself, but the potential for emergency complications. When easy access to an obstetrician is lost, women may opt to forgo prenatal care, which can significantly contribute to pregnancy-related emergencies.
Through Babyscripts, providers at the hospital of delivery or their affiliate practices can offer convenient and accessible prenatal care education to support mothers in the steps toward a healthy pregnancy and educate them on potential warning signs and symptoms.
With remote patient monitoring through Babyscripts, they can anticipate, identify and manage potentially life-threatening complications before they become emergencies, directing expecting mothers to their affiliate practices or to their own maternity ward depending on the necessary care response.
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