Author(s): Allen W
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Abstract Obstetrical care in the United States is becoming more difficult for rural populations to obtain. Fewer family physicians are providing obstetrical services. This study is a report of one family physician's obstetric experience in a small rural town. In a series of 67 obstetrical patients, 8 percent of the deliveries occurred outside of the hospital. The rate of Cesarean section was 3 percent, significantly less than the greater than 20 percent national average. There was 1 premature delivery, and no infant deaths. These figures compare well with national averages and show the need for family physicians to provide obstetrical care in rural areas.
This article was published in J Am Board Fam Pract
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access