Telehealth to Improve Perinatal Care Access

Angela Y. Stanley*, Jerrol B. Wallace

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate of peer countries. Since 1935, the maternal mortality risk among Black women has remained three to four times higher than that of White women. Perinatal health care is not available in all areas, which limits the access for certain groups. Many women in the United States live in maternity care deserts with no access to obstetric providers, whereas others live in areas with very limited access. One way to bridge the gap between effective perinatal care and access to care is use of telehealth. Telehealth allows health care providers to communicate directly with patients that cannot physically be seen in a clinic or hospital. Telehealth is endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as an alternate mode to deliver prenatal and postpartum services. The potential for telehealth services as part of perinatal care to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality by improving access to care is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-287
Number of pages7
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Health services accessibility
  • Maternal health services
  • Perinatal
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemedicine
  • Vulnerable populations

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