Health and Education

Four ways to combat South Carolina’s OB-GYN Shortage 

by WREN on May 15, 2024

Everyone should have access to the healthcare they need when they need it, especially when it comes to reproductive health. Unfortunately, South Carolina currently has a shortage of medical professionals who specialize in women’s health, making it extremely tough for many people to access essential services. 

According to a 2022 report from March of Dimes, more than two million people who can give birth in the United States live in maternity care deserts. These are areas lack doctors who provide the care birthing people need to have successful pregnancy outcomes.  

In the Palmetto State, 14 out of 46 counties lack a practicing OB-GYN doctor. These doctors specialize in pregnancy, childbirth, and the female reproductive system. Many people looking for prenatal care, family planning, and gynecological exams must drive long distances to receive the necessary care. Most people residing in these deserts are in underserved rural areas. 

How can we combat this?   

WREN is at the forefront of advocating for change in our state. We work closely with lawmakers to create and amplify policies that remove barriers to accessing comprehensive reproductive healthcare services for women, girls, and gender-diverse people. 

Our efforts to improve the well-being of South Carolinians cannot succeed without support from the community. Join us: 

  1. Stay Informed: Educate yourself about the local OB-GYN shortage and its impact on women’s healthcare. Knowledge is power, and understanding the issue is the first step toward creating meaningful change. 
  1. Advocate: Raise your voice in support of policies promoting reproductive healthcare access. Write to your lawmakers, attend town hall meetings, and advocate for increased funding for OB-GYN services in underserved areas. 
  1. Support WREN: Consider donating your time or resources to support our advocacy efforts. Whether you make a financial contribution or spread awareness within your local community or on social media, every action counts. 
  1. Contact Lawmakers: Let your state representatives and senators know your concerns about the OB-GYN shortage. Urge them to prioritize the well-being of families and support initiatives that expand access to medical services.  

Together, we can work towards a future where people in South Carolina can access the care they need and deserve. By actively engaging with our policymakers and advocating for change, we can make a tangible difference in people’s lives statewide. 

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