• Oklahoma OB-GYN shortage; state ranks among worst to have a baby

    By: Michelle Linn , Ryan Love


    TULSA, Okla. - Oklahoma ranks among the worst states to have a baby in, according to a new study.

    The personal finance website WalletHub ranked Oklahoma 47th of 50 states and the District of Columbia across "30 key measures of cost, health care accessibility, as well as baby and family-friendliness."

    The state ranked so low in part due to its lack of obstetricians and gynecologists compared to its number of residents. Oklahoma has only one OB-GYN per 100,000 residents, according to the data.

    Dr. Corey Babb, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at OSU Center for Health Sciences, says one reason fewer students are choosing his field is due to the high cost of malpractice insurance.

    Dr. Babb told FOX23 it is not just a problem for someone expecting a baby.

    “If you have an abnormal pap smear and it's not treated inadequate time that can develop into cervical cancer,” he said.

    See more results of the study here.

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