■ Shefali Luthra / Kaiser Health News Brianna Foster, 23, lives minutes away from Genesis Hospital, the main source of healthcare and the only hospital with maternity services in southeastern Ohio’s rural Muskingum County. Proximity proved potentially lifesaving last fall when Foster, pregnant with her second child, Holden, felt contractions at 31 weeks—about seven weeks too soon. Genesis was equipped to handle the situation—giving Foster medication and an injection to stave off delivery. After his birth four weeks later—still about a month early, at 5 pounds 12 ounces—Holden was sent to the hospital’s special care nursery for monitoring. Mother and son went home after a few days. “He was pretty small—but
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