Rural-Urban differences in severe Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the US, 2007-2015

In the United States, severe maternal morbidity and mortality is climbing—a reality that is especially challenging for rural communities, which face declining access to obstetric services.
This study found that severe maternal morbidity and mortality increased among both rural and urban residents in the study period, from 109 per 10,000 childbirth hospitalizations in 2007 to 152 per 10,000 in 2015.

Rural residents had a 9 percent greater probability of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, compared with urban residents. Attention to the challenges (both clinical and social factors) faced by rural patients and health care facilities is crucial to the success of efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in rural areas.

Written by:

Innes Taylor

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