McLean County Farm Bureau

Maternal care access: ‘It’s like we’re stepping back in time’

There are 36 counties in Illinois with no hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care and no obstetric providers, according to a March of Dimes report. As “OB deserts” increase throughout the country, farming families, doctors and rural health care advocates are concerned about the state of maternal health care and the loss of young families in rural communities.


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