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Access to Obstetrical Care: Rural Labor and Delivery Unit Closures


Pat Cota
Executive Director
Georgia OBGYN Society


Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Program Description

Health providers and policy analysts in Georgia are concerned about access to obstetrical care in rural communities. More than 40 Georgia counties lack obstetrical providers. In recent years, many rural hospitals have made the difficult decision to close their labor and delivery units. When the closures come, many pregnant women will need to drive 40 minutes or longer to deliver their babies. The longer the drive, the higher the chance for a pre-term delivery and lower access to prenatal care. During this webinar participants will learn about the obstetrical care system in Georgia, and how recent changes impact rural communities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:
- Describe the state of the obstetrical care system in Georgia and how this impacts rural prenatal care access and birth outcomes.
- Understand the complex reasons for rural labor and delivery closure such as patient mix, reimbursement rates, and availability of providers.
- Learn about recommendations and potential solutions to this problem.


On Demand
Original program date: Nov 12, 2015

Technology Requirements

Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's web site

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Program Keywords

Access to Care