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A Downside Of Country Living: Roadside Birth

The rate of women giving birth without ever seeing a doctor more than doubled in Dixie County to the worst rate in Florida after the health departments got out of prenatal care.

The rate of women receiving prenatal care during the first trimester has dropped in North Central Florida. Seven county health departments in the region have gotten out of prenatal care, and women in rural communities have to drive farther for their appointments. One woman remembers a couple who stopped on their way to Gainesville to deliver the baby on the side of the road.

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