Rural Maternal Health Care

Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities

A key objective of the CMS Rural Health Strategy is to leverage partnerships with stakeholders nationally, as well as at the regional, state, and local levels. One component in accomplishing this is working closely with partners and stakeholders to raise awareness on maternal health and access to care in rural communities. This section contains resources related to improving maternal health outcomes in rural communities.



Rural Maternal Health Forum External Report (PDF)

CMS released a summary report from the forum held on June 12, 2019, "A Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: Charting a Path to Improved Access, Quality and Outcomes." This report provides a summary of the panel presentations, discussions, and questions addressed during the event.


Issue Brief: Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities (PDF)

CMS released an issue brief, Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities, which focuses on access to care for women in rural communities before, during, and after pregnancy. This issue brief was developed by CMS to provide background information on the scope of this problem and to focus attention on the need for national, state, and community-based organizations to collaborate on developing an action plan to improve access to maternal health care and improve outcomes for rural women and their babies.

A Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: Charting a Path to Improved Access, Quality and Outcomes
On June 12, 2019, CMS collaborated with key partners to host the forum, "A Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: Charting a Path to Improved Access, Quality and Outcomes." Panelists shared promising practices and helped to identify areas of opportunity to improve access to maternal health services and achieve health equity within rural communities.


Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: A Patient's Personal Story
This 5-minute video from CMS features a first-person account of a patient and obstetrician as it relates to accessing maternal health services in a rural community. Learn from this mom about her story of accessing maternity and childbirth services.


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