Eight Postpartum Support Programs in Rural Communities Across the United States

Publication Date: August 9th, 2023
Publication Type(s): Case Studies
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Author(s): Tuttle MS, Chastain P, Interrante JD, Henning-Smith C, and Kozhimannil KB

In 2021, nearly 500,000 births occurred in rural communities in the United States. The postpartum period that follows childbirth involves many physical, mental, and emotional changes, and can pose challenges to the health and well-being of the birthing person. These challenges may be more complicated to address in rural areas, where access to healthcare services is limited.

The purpose of this case study series is to highlight locally focused organizations working to improve postpartum health for rural residents across the United States. We conducted interviews with eight unique organizations working in their local rural communities to support postpartum health. These include programs serving rural communities in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington. These may serve as examples to others considering this work.

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