10 Ohio hospitals closed labor and delivery services since June 2022

Access to maternity care continues to decline in the United States and in Ohio, with multiple maternity wards closing in the past year.

Since June 2022, the Ohio Hospital Association has counted 10 maternity wards closing across the state, according to spokesman John Palmer. Some merged or moved to a partner hospital, but Palmer said the reasons given for the closures centered around workforce issues, operational costs and a decline in use due to fewer births in Ohio.

In Ohio, 13 of the 88 counties have little to no maternity care, and the state had the most women, approximately 97,000, impacted by overall reductions in access to care in the past two years, according to March of Dimes data.

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