Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Do you live in a maternity care desert?

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Maternity care is the health care women get during pregnancy, labor and birth and in the postpartum period after giving birth. Getting quality maternity care can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. But not every woman in the U.S. gets good maternity care. One reason for this is because they live in a maternity care desert. A maternity care desert is an area where there are not enough hospitals, health care providers or health care services for pregnant and postpartum women.

A new report from March of Dimes shows where maternity care deserts exist and how they affect the health of moms and babies. Here are some of the findings:

  • More than 5 million women in the U.S. live in a maternity care desert.
  • About 1,085 counties in the U.S. have hospitals without services for pregnant women.
  • Almost 150,000 babies are born to women living in maternity care deserts.
  • Counties with maternity care deserts have a higher number of people living in poverty.

Maternity care deserts are a problem for all of us.

Having good quality and on-time health care services can help women have healthier pregnancies and babies. Through health checkups, a provider can spot health conditions and treat them before they become serious. Women who live in maternity care deserts may be at higher risk of having serious health complications and even death. Babies who are born prematurely or with special health conditions may not get the medical care they need in counties with maternity care deserts. The health of moms and babies is at risk when they live in counties with maternity care deserts.

The United States is facing a maternal health crisis.

More than 700 moms died due to pregnancy-related causes this year alone, making the United States one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to give birth. Women of color are most at risk of facing life-threatening complications. Black women are three times as likely as white women to die from pregnancy-related causes. More than 50,000 women have a near-miss (nearly die) from severe complications from labor and childbirth every year.

What can you do?

You can take action now and help us fight for the health of all moms.

Help improve health policies where you live

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Mom calming crying babyDo you live in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota or American Samoa?

Have you had difficulties getting health care services for yourself or your child?

If so, we’d like to hear from you.

March of Dimes is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to better understand the issues that families face getting and paying for health care for their child, particularly children with special health care needs or disabilities. We know that some families are having problems finding the right doctor, or getting a referral, or having needed services denied. We know that these problems may affect having enough money for your family or being able to maintain a job.

Please complete this short survey.  You will be helping policy makers understand important issues – a first step in creating better health systems for everyone. You will not be asked for any identifying information, and your responses will be completely confidential. By sharing your knowledge and experiences, you can make a difference in improving health policies in your state.

Help the March of Dimes and the American Academy of Pediatrics learn more about your challenges.


Thank you Angelina Jolie

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

How can we not be moved by Angelina Jolie’s stunning announcement today that she recently underwent double mastectomy surgery to prevent breast cancer? It is a monumental personal decision, but her generosity in sharing this news in the New York Times with all of us is bold, brave and a true gift.

This announcement comes during National Women’s Health Week. It encourages us to take charge of our health and to ask for the support we all need. It is a reminder of how important it is for all of us, men and women, to know our family health history. If you don’t know yours well, use our family health history form at this link to help you get started.

We admire and appreciate celebrities who use their influence to remind us to support one another and live healthier lives.