South Dakota Has Women’s Health Care Shortage

(Pierre, SD) — South Dakota is facing a women’s health care shortage. S.D. is a leading state for maternity care deserts, which is a county without a hospital or birth center offering obstetric care. Forty-six of South Dakota’s 66 counties do not have obstetric providers, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. OB-GYNs are trained in two specialties: pregnancy care from preconception to childbirth, and all women’s health issues. The state is struggling to keep up with the demand of OB-GYNs. South Dakota is also one of five states that does not have an obstetrics residency, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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