Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. More than half of the physicians in the state are working in Bernalillo County.

Barbara Webber from Health Action New Mexico said getting doctors to move to rural areas has always been a challenge.

“Especially when you get into OB-GYN,” Webber said. “That’s an on-call, 24-hour commitment.”

Webber said New Mexico is lucky to have freshly graduated doctors come here to work off their student debts.

“But they’re also considering family,” Webber explained. “Is there going to be a job in a rural area for your spouse? And are you going to get the schooling you want for your children?”

They often leave…

SOURCE: kunm.org