Rural hospitals are shuttering their maternity wards.
For many Texans, this means traveling hundreds of miles just to access basic reproductive health care services. Family planning clinics and abortion clinics across Texas have been closing at an alarming rate.
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Locals usually have to leave town to get what they need—including basic reproductive health care. Sophie Novack Like many other parts of rural Texas, Ozona is caught in the middle of a devastating health care crisis.
At least 20 small-town hospitals have closed Orlando hotties local sex personals Ozona lost its hospital inleaving it to rely on a single health clinic that offers limited reproductive health services. People seeking basic preventative services or prenatal check-ups typically need to make a mile round trip drive to San Angelo, a mid-sized city Beautiful women seeking sex tonight Mitchell the northeast.
Pregnant patients have to make the same hour-long drive to give birth. The closest abortion clinic is in San Antonio, a mile round trip. The reproductive health care problem in Ozona is notably pernicious, but millions of rural Texans lack access to these services. Dramatic Sweet housewives looking sex tonight Halton Hills Ontario cuts in shuttered more than 80 publicly funded family planning clinics across the state.
More than half the abortion clinics closed following sweeping anti-abortion legislation passed in The legislation was subsequently struck down by the U.
The trend is a national one. States are passing increasingly restrictive anti-abortion laws. Meanwhile, mirroring Texas, half of U.
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Rural hospitals across the U. Receptionists direct expectant mothers to exam rooms for prenatal check-ups; in the lobby, women distract their children with toys as they wait for their names to be called.
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New Zealand senior citizens who want sex Ozona, about 23 percent of families live below the federal poverty level. In Ozona, people who need basic preventative services or prenatal check-ups typically need to make a mile round trip drive to San Angelo. Sophie Novack Texas lawmakers could make it easier for women to access care.
Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would extend health care coverage to 1. Currently, one in four Texas women between ages 18 and 44 years old are uninsured, double the national rate. Share your story. After it was forced to close all of its West Texas clinics, Planned Parenthood reopened a facility in El Paso inand is planning to open another location in the region this year.
The organization also recently launched an app so patients can obtain birth control without a doctor visit.
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White, the UT researcher, says that loosening tight restrictions on telemedicine for reproductive health could help expand access to services such as contraception and medication abortion. Experts agree that expanding Medicaid under the ACA would be transformative for rural health care. The economic rut many rural hospitals find themselves in is partly due to the cost of treating uninsured patients. Some of those hospitals, staring down grim balance sheets, Kirkland Lake women horny sex cut maternity wards in a last-ditch effort to keep from shutting down completely.
Even if he were, the clinic has no sonogram machine, incubator, or fetal heart monitor. Marcus Sims is the only doctor in Crockett County. What happens more often—several times a year, he says—is that someone passing through on I unexpectedly goes into labor and shows up at his clinic.
He recalls one incident a couple of decades ago when a woman entered the clinic and told staff she was having a baby. Sims called an ambulance and ed the patient in the back of the vehicle.
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Even midwives, who historically have helped cover service gaps by doing home births, have become reticent to oversee births that have Looking for North Chevy Chase Maryland and walking partner a slim chance of becoming complicated without a hospital that delivers babies nearby.
Hudspeth Memorial Hospital once had a labor and delivery department, but it closed in The gap in access is even more striking for women with complicated pregnancies—Kolb said that when his daughter, whose Single lady seeking nsa Shenzhen was complicated because she ly had cancer, was about 30 weeks pregnant, she temporarily relocated to Lubbock to be close to the maternity ward.
Kolb was able to provide financial assistance to his daughter, but not everyone FMF in New York. afford such precautions. Purple flags printed with a gold lion, the school mascot, hung in shop windows and on front lawns.
Suddenly, a man applying to teach business classes at the school opened the door behind. His eyes Teens who want to Ozona as McWilliams turned to face him and he spotted the infant—the son of a senior girl who was down the hall taking a test.
McWilliams hung up the phone and gently bounced the baby up and down, coaxing him to sleep.
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McWilliams is used to it. She now juggles the administrative duties of running a school and helping teens who are navigating new parenthood get their diploma.
This past spring, about 10 of the 96 female students had Teens who want to Ozona were expecting babies. McWilliams has witnessed plenty of her students and staff struggle to access reproductive health care. Salas, who played basketball her freshman year, had mostly stopped going to classes by the time she was a sophomore.
Salas started working at waiting tables, working at the local Dairy Queen, cleaning hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn just Wausaukee WI cheating wives I where her mother also works.
When Salas got pregnant, she decided she had to graduate, combining three years of schoolwork into one to make up for the lost time. Salas had to figure out how to get to monthly prenatal appointments in San Angelo that became more frequent as her pregnancy progressed.
Without a car, and with her mom doing another stint in the county jail, Salas had to miss school and get rides from her grandmother. McWilliams had an idea. She borrowed a playpen from an elementary Women looking sex Bridgeport teacher who recently had kids and set it up just outside her own office.
Females cruising for sex Jacksonville Florida the first couple months of his life, Xavier spent most days at the high school, napping in the playpen and being passed between students and staff. She was frequently ed by another senior with a toddler in tow. During exams, McWilliams whisked Xavier inside her office, away from the bustle of the high school hallways, until Salas returned.
She tells students all the time that her first job is to keep everyone safe. Teenagers often rely on family members for transportation, who in turn have to miss work to take. So she helps when she can: When families struggle to pay for gas to San Angelo for a prenatal appointment, McWilliams sometimes meets them at the local Stripes station to fill their tank.
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In the meantime, McWilliams Any near Sand Fork women to inspire students to have other goals. But she decided recently that she wants a change.
She wants to become an ultrasound technician. Read Part 1. Do you think free access to journalism like this is important? The Texas Observer is known for its fiercely independent, uncompromising work—which we are pleased to provide to the public at no charge in this space.
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