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Texas’ “maternity deserts” grow as staff shortages close rural labor and delivery units

Only 40% of Texas’ rural hospitals offer labor and delivery services, forcing some patients to drive hundreds of miles to give birth. With nurses in short supply, more hospitals are considering cutting those services entirely.

A sign for Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo on May 28, 2020.  Potter and Randall Counties have been under extra scrutiny as a COVID-19 hotspot.

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