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More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women
She has adjusted her approach since arriving last year at the 70-bed North Baldwin Infirmary in rural, southern Alabama. Physicians in rural communities across America are facing the same tough choices as Dr Arthur. It's been a slow and steady decline, said Michael Topchik, the National Leader for the Chartis Center for Rural Health, about maternity ward closings. The trend has escalated recently even though the national healthcare law, known as Obamacare, was designed in part to help rural hospitals thrive.
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