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More than half of Nevada counties are considered maternal health care deserts. This series explores maternal health care gaps, the patchwork of resources, and the role of doulas in rural Nevada.

KUNR holds webinar on solutions to improve access to maternal health care in rural Nevada

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KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck (clockwise from top left) moderated a Zoom webinar on solutions to improve access to rural maternal health care with doula Natalie Doyen, Dr. Catherine McCarthy and Assemblywoman Shondra Summers-Armstrong on Feb. 27, 2024.

Following KUNR Public Radio’s four-part series on maternal health care deserts in rural Nevada and the role doulas play, KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck moderated a webinar with a doctor, doula, and state lawmaker to continue the conversation about solutions to improve rural maternal health care.

The panelists included Assemblywoman Shondra Summers-Armstrong, who co-sponsored legislation to increase Medicaid reimbursement for doulas; Natalie Doyen, a doula serving Fallon and surrounding rural communities; and Dr. Catherine McCarthy, who travels from Reno to Yerington once a month to provide women’s health care. If you missed it, you can watch the video below.

According to the March of Dimes, more than half of Nevada’s 17 counties do not have a hospital that provides routine labor and delivery and is without an OB-GYN. The Long Road to Maternal Care series follows maternal health care deserts in rural Nevada, the patchwork of resources such as rural emergency medical services and traveling health care providers, and the unique support rural doulas provide.

KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck received a national fellowship, mentorship, and a community engagement grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism to publish the series, host the virtual event, and facilitate a roundtable in Fallon with doulas, parents, and other birth workers. Listen to the entire series here.

The included video can also be accessed on YouTube. Closed captions were auto-generated with slight manual revisions. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary.

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Lucia Starbuck is an award-winning political journalist and the host of KUNR’s monthly show Purple Politics Nevada. She is passionate about reporting during election season, attending community events, and talking to people about the issues that matter most to them.
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