NOWHERE TO GO: MATERNITY CARE DESERTS ACROSS THE U.S. (2022 REPORT)
March of Dimes has released its 2022 report on maternity care deserts across the United States—counties where there’s a lack of maternity care resources, where there are no hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care and no obstetric providers. (Learn more about how maternity care deserts are defined here.)
Underwritten by Reckitt and their Enfa portfolio of brands, our partner in the Better Starts for All pilot initiative, the report explores the many facets of health care that affect how and where maternity care is provided in the U.S. and also confirms that access to maternity care is worsening throughout the country.
Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers®: An access solution for maternity care deserts, ready for scale across the U.S.
In 2020, March of Dimes and Reckitt began Better Starts for All, a pilot program to increase access to care and improve outcomes in maternity care deserts. We implemented two evidence-based interventions, Community Health Workers and Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers® in the Washington D.C. area and Southeast Ohio. We found that women prefer services from providers that they trust in an individual, rather than group setting. The pilot has seen an impressive number of visits and has already exceeded our program goals with more than 724 women receiving care through 2,292 visits. Read the Case Study to learn more: betterstartsforall.com/casestudy