Rural Hospitals Are Dying and Pregnant Women Are Paying the Price

Heavily reliant on Medicaid dollars, small hospitals shut down maternity wards just to stay afloat.


BOONE, N.C.—Three years ago, Lucia Parker gave birth to her first child surrounded by people she loved. Her mother, sister, and husband were by her side at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, and the nurses attending her were family friends. Each of them took turns massaging her back. They lifted her out of a birthing tub and gave her an epidural when the labor pains grew too intense. By the time her son was born, there was not a dry eye in the room. “It felt like family,” Parker says.

city not found