<strong>Dr. Kate Fouquier measures the growth progress of a patient.&nbsp;A combination of an absence of access to adequate maternal health care and other socioeconomic issues have contributed to an upward trend in maternal deaths in Tennessee.</strong>&nbsp;(Patrick Lantrip/The Daily Memphian)Subscribers only

Tennessee plagued by maternity-care deserts

More than a third of Tennessee counties are maternity-care deserts, meaning there are no hospitals providing obstetric care, no birth centers, no OB-GYNs and no certified nurse midwives, putting pregnant women in a possibly risky situation.