A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the University of Michigan, published in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs, examined whether severe maternal morbidity and mortality (SMMM) differ among rural and urban residents.
Using national hospital discharge data for 2007 to 2015 from the National Inpatient Sample, the largest all-payer inpatient claims database in the U.S., the researchers found:
“Where you live shouldn’t dictate the outcome of your pregnancy,” says lead author associate professor, Dr. Katy Kozhimannil, director of the Rural Health Research Center. “However, our findings show that geography affects maternal risks. In rural areas, where there is declining access to obstetric services, it is alarming that more and more rural residents are facing severe maternal morbidity and mortality when they give birth.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 13