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Tennessee plagued by maternity-care deserts

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 17, 2022 8:40 AM CT | Published: August 14, 2022 4:00 AM CT

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. 


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Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki has spent the better part of two decades writing about Memphis. A former digital journalist for WMC Action News 5 and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News, her work has also appeared in The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, I Love Memphis, Inside Memphis Business, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Memphis Magazine and Tri-State Defender. 


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