Maternity wards across America are closing, causing those that remain open to incur a deluge of new patients. This causes a strain on their ability to meet the needs of those individuals. The combination of both is putting women and children at risk. There are three major factors for there closures: low medical insurance and reimbursements to hospitals for maternity care; the high cost of medical liability insurance for OB-GYNs, and retiring OB-GYNs. Medical Centers are losing money for maternity patients because of the low reimbursement rates from Medicaid. Retiring OB-GYNs cause women to search for qualified specialists. These factors leave women and children at risk. Women need to have close maternity wards in order to ensure safety for both mother and child. To read the full story, click here.