Ohio Valley ReSource

Labor Gains: Midwifery Goes From Horseback to Hospitals

Jun 21, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

Nurse midwives have delivered babies in the Ohio Valley for nearly 100 years. But as Mary Meehan reports, that traditional practice is getting a new push with the opening of a clinic at the University of Kentucky.

Roxy Todd

Rural communities across the Ohio Valley are shrinking as more young people leave to find work, to escape troubles, or to follow dreams. US Census data show West Virginia, for example, losing population faster than almost every other state. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Valley ReSource are following six young people from the region to get the personal stories behind these population numbers. 

Nicole Erwin

When President Trump picked the Ohio Valley as the setting to promote his infrastructure plan, he also drew attention to an overlooked part of the nation’s transportation system: inland waterways. Agriculture, energy, and manufacturing interests all depend heavily on the Ohio’s aging navigation system.

Ohio Valley ReSource

With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure improvements. The Ohio Valley is home to aging highways, bridges, and dams, poor drinking water systems, and weak internet service for many rural residents.

Izzy Broomfield

Nearly half of rural Americans don’t have access to broadband internet -- the high-speed connection many of us take for granted. In 65 counties across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, the majority of residents don’t have access to broadband -- that’s one-quarter of all the counties in those three states. Benny Becker reports that some rural communities are banding together to get connected.

Courtesy Jeanna Glisson, cropped

Farms can be peaceful but they are also among the most dangerous places to work. In a five year period more than 170 people were killed in agriculture-related accidents in the Ohio Valley region. Yet safety regulators are often limited in what they can do on farms. Nicole Erwin of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on efforts to reduce the growing hazards.

Robert McGraw, WOUB

The true costs of the deep cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would fall disproportionately on many of the poor and working class people in the Ohio Valley region who helped to elect him, according to lawmakers and policy analysts.

Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace Obamacare, is encountering stiff resistance. Even in places that voted Republican, such as the Ohio Valley, protests are popping up as the bill moves to the Senate. Some opponents are newly motivated by a recent medical study on life expectancy. It found that unlike most of the country, parts of the Ohio Valley have seen lifespans get shorter.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Coal country is waiting to see if President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental regulations will boost the mining business. But some bipartisan proposals before Congress offer different ways to help. Ohio Valley ReSource reporters offer some analysis of three ideas that could help to mend mining country.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis has brought another health problem, as rising numbers of needle drug users are contracting a serious form of heart infection called endocarditis. The rate of endocarditis doubled in the region over a decade, and many patients require repeated, expensive treatment and surgery as they return to drug use and once again become infected.

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