Dozens of medical departments and services at hospitals across the nation have shut down in recent months, but the majority of these healthcare facilities serve expecting mothers.
A new report outlines 32 hospitals that have closed a department since the beginning of February 2023. Of the 32 closures, 15 revolve around labor and delivery, listed below. The reasons include finances, changing demographics, birth declines, and consolidation of services at other clinics.
As a conservative member of the British Parliament recently pointed out, liberal individualism ideologies have failed to deliver one critically important thing essential to the future: babies.
Miriam Cates listed all of the alarmist ideas politicians broadcast on a daily basis: climate change, Russia, China, neo-Marxist ideas, or inflation. But the largest concern of all that authorities aren't acknowledging is the birth rate.
“None of these traditions has a future, none of our philosophical musings or policy proposals will amount to anything long-lasting unless we address the one overarching threat to British conservatism and indeed the whole of Western society,” she declared in what has become a viral video. "And that is babies.”
- Northern Maine Medical Center – obstetrics unit closes on May 26
- CoxHealth Cox (Mo.) Monett Hospital – labor and delivery unit closes by July 1
- Wyoming County Community Health System – ending its birthing services June 1
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center – closing maternity health practice July 7
- Petaluma (Calif.) Valley Hospital – ended labor and delivery on May 1
- St. Joseph Health System – closing its New Beginnings Birthplace center and closed its OB-GYN office March 31.
- Palomar Medical Center Poway (Calif.) – will close its labor and delivery unit in June, at least temporarily.
- Bonner General Hospital – stopped delivering services.
- Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital — stoping all obstetrics care June 1.
- Singing River Health System – ended obstetric services, which include labor and delivery, on April 1
- Astria Toppenish (Wash.) Hospital – closing labor and delivery
- Cleveland-based University Hospitals – ended labor and delivery services on April 15
- Ohio Health's Shelby Hospital – no longer provides maternity services as of Feb. 28.
- Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield (Mich.) – ended midwifery services at the end of February.
- Rumford (Maine) Hospital closed its maternity program on March 31 after 97 years in service.
“Volumes and changing demographics – The number of deliveries at BGH has continued to decrease yearly,” wrote Idaho-based Bonner General Hospital. “There are many reasons, including a nationwide decrease in births, an older population moving to Bonner County, and Kootenai Health having a new, updated unit with Neonatologists and OBs in-house 24/7.”
Individualism has failed to deliver life to the world because individualism is selfish. Our world has become self-centric, which not only results in fewer babies but also poor leadership.
Leadership requires selflessness, which is exactly what is lacking in Washington today. Convention of States is working to rein in the power of the federal government while also working to raise up servant leaders who are more focused on the group and nation as a whole, rather than the individual, temporary pleasures of today’s world.
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