A large number of hospitals in rural areas have closed, and many more have closed their maternity units, leaving many rural mothers-to-be with no nearby place to deliver their babies or even get prenatal care. Experts discuss the financial and demographic reasons behind these closures, the danger it presents to mothers and children, and some ways to counter the risk.
- Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Deputy Director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
- Dr. John Cullen, President, American Academy of Family Physicians
- Brock Slabach, Senior Vice President, National Rural Health Association