New Mexico Landscape

Despite incredible strengths in our state including a longstanding history of midwifery practice, robust community-based partnerships in public health, and clinical expertise, New Mexico’s rate of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity is higher than the national average and disproportionately impacts our communities of color and rural areas. A largely rural state, perinatal care providers in a range of settings experience challenges related to resource limitations, geographic isolation, chronic understaffing, and reduced access to training and supports. Further, the prevalence of maternity care deserts means women in some rural areas travel long distances to receive care.

NMPC is a call to action to ensure that perinatal providers in all of New Mexico’s birthing facilities, rural and urban, are connected to a network of resources to know the best methods of care. The Collaborative recognizes place-based strengths and on the ground clinical efforts to address complex issues in maternal safety.

New Mexico Facts:

-New Mexico is a Medicaid expansion state where 71% of births are covered by Medicaid[1].

-30 birthing hospitals statewide

  • 3 Indian Health Service facilities
  • 1 Academic Medical Center
  • 9 Metropolitan hospitals
  • 6 Critical Access Hospitals

Also- 3 freestanding birth centers

Since 2010 4 rural NM hospitals have discontinued birthing services, only one has reopened (NMHA, 2016)

-New Mexico’s population is racially and ethnically diverse: 49% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino; 11% identifies as Native American; 3% identifies as Black or African American; 37% identify as white (2019 Census Data).

-There are 23 federally-recognized sovereign tribal nations within New Mexico.

March of Dimes Report Card for New Mexico
NM Healthcare Workforce Committee Report
NM Birth Equity Collaborative

[1] https://www.kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/births-financed-by-medicaid/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D