This study seeks to understand patients’, providers’, and emergency medical technicians’ (EMTs) perspectives on serious pregnancy complications and death among pregnant and post-partum women living in rural areas. Interviews with patients, providers, and EMTs will pinpoint specific challenges regarding the prevention, detection, and management of serious pregnancy complications.
We hope to identify the mechanisms underlying serious pregnancy complications among rural women, and provide an in-depth evaluation of different stages of care.
You may be eligible to participate if:
• You are 18 years of age or older.
• You have a history of a serious pregnancy complication such as eclampsia, bleeding requiring a blood transfusions during or after delivery, an emergency removal of your uterus, sepsis, or organ failure.
• You live in Appalachia.
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