Health Care Access Complicates Issues For Expecting Rural Mothers

Limited access to health care in bush Alaska makes giving birth a bit more complicated for rural pregnant women than for expectant mothers in urban areas, like Anchorage or Nome. Women from villages are required to spend the last month of their pregnancies in nearby towns with full-service hospitals. As part of an ongoing series examining efforts to promote cultural understanding and respect between urban and rural Alaskans, APRN contributor Anne Hillman learned how this rule affects families from Pilot Station, a village near Bethel.

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Anne Hillman is the healthy communities editor at Alaska Public Media and a host of Hometown, Alaska. Reach her at Read more about Anne here.

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