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The Long Road to Maternal Care

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Zoe Malen
KUNR Public Radio

The Long Road to Maternal Care

More than half of Nevada counties are considered maternal health care deserts, meaning there are zero birthing hospitals, obstetric and gynecological providers, and birth centers. So what does this mean for expectant parents, especially those from rural communities?

The four-part series The Long Road to Maternal Care explores maternal health care gaps, the patchwork of resources, and the unique role of doulas in rural Nevada. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reported this series while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 National Fellowship.

Lucia also hosted a roundtable with parents and doulas in Fallon and moderated a virtual event after the series was published to continue the conversation about solutions to improving access to rural maternal health care. Watch the webinar and explore the series in English and Spanish below, along with a behind-the-scenes interview.


Explore the series in English

Watch the webinar in English

Explore la series en español

KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck produced this series. KUNR’s Vicki Adame was the editor. KUNR’s Crystal Willis was the English-language digital editor, and KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer was the Spanish-language digital editor. USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s Teena Apeles provided community engagement support for this reporting. PBS NewsHour’s Laura Santhanam provided mentorship. KUNR’s Kat Fulwider provided photography support. KUNR’s Zoe Malen designed the series logo, and Nicholas Perez created data visualization for select installments. Mónica Cordero translated the stories, and KUNR’s Maria Palma translated image details. A special thank you to every parent, doula, health care provider, and researcher who made this project possible.