Publication Date: July 26th, 2023
Publication Type(s): Case Studies
Topic(s): Health Disparities and Health Equity, Healthcare Access, Maternal Health, Mental and Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health, Telehealth, Women
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 national organizations working to improve postpartum health in rural communities across the United States. These may serve as examples to others considering this work.