I live in rural southern CO. I don't think this is a catholic thing so much as it's a CO doesn't give a $#%& about rural residents thing. Typically
health care south of Pueblo or in outlying areas is hit or miss. Patients often have to travel as far as Denver/Springs to get adequate care. In my
county we have "visiting" doctors, no permanent OB/GYN.
Women showing up at the emergency room in labor are stabilized/transported out via flight for life/ambulance. Some women spend their last month with
family in Pueblo, those who can't have given birth on the side of the interstate. The solution is babies by appointment.
Women are given a due date/appointment to have labor induced in a hospital up north. Some try to go natural but the long drive in labor can be scary
depending on how far out you live.
When I had my last we had midwives, no visiting OB/GYNs. They provided a great service and very successfully cared for many women. I started out with
one but got no further than my first visit. She couldn't even prescribe me prenatal vitamins, I bought them over the counter. It was due to
insurance. Midwives still practice in the state but they have to practice under the protective umbrella of an OB/GYN clinic or any doctor insured to
deliver/give prenatal care. That's how they explained it to me anyway.
I refused to be induced so a friend who was a nurse and one physicians assistant who felt sorry provided minimal care for some of us on the sly.
Finally an OB/GYN came to the rescue. I delivered naturally as he ran in the door after driving like a maniac from a small town 40 miles away.
Basically he showed up to catch.
He took good care of us but lost his ass. He was literally living in a van down by the river. With so few women having babies the insurance costs
ruined him. Lots of women here are low income so he made no profit from those who did pay. Despite this he had the same expenses as big city docs.
Our new improved hospital states they aren't set up for it or can't/won't absorb the insurance costs. Yet they tore down the little country
hospital that delivered generations of rural babies.
Unless you live in Aspen, Boulder, Denver, Springs etc. you can forget about having babies locally. Some might claim otherwise but that's not how it
works down here.
Funny I'm not far from Trinidad where you can get the best sex change surgeon in the nation possibly the world. I think Trinidad delivers babies but
it astounds me that CO is top of the line when it comes to reassigning your sex but extremely lacking in prenatal care/delivery. It's all about money
and my county doesn't have enough.
Imo Cañon City is less about medical care and more about prison. I went to a "visiting" dentist who practiced out of Canon city, he about killed
me. I don't even want to get started on dentists. Here's a link about our sex change industry in Trinidad.