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Congressional Briefing Puts U.S. Maternity on Exam Table


WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS)—Maternal mortality is mainly associated with the developing world, but it’s also a growing threat to women in parts of the U.S. where living conditions are just as harsh.

“There’s been a huge collapse of the health system in rural areas and many people lack transportation to access care,” Dr. Keisha Callins, an OB-GYN working in rural Georgia, told attendees of a congressional briefing this week. “I still have patients that don’t have a car or live so far out that they don’t have access to a bus system.”

Callins, the subject of a Women’s eNews article in 2015, works at the Mirian Worthy Women’s Health Center and is assistant medical director for Albany Area Primary Health Care in rural Albany, Georgia.

On April 13 she and two other experts on U.S. maternal mortality told a room of over 100 congressional staffers, federal employees and women’s health advocates about the problems they are seeing and the kinds of solutions they think can work.

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