Leominster, MA

Longstanding Massachusetts Birthing Center Permanently Closes, Devastating Patients and Employees

Joel Eisenberg
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This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: Google.com, UMMHealth.org, and Fox5NY.com.


A major Massachusetts birthing center has permanently closed, devastating the local community.

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U.S. Medical, 2023

According to a September 23rd update from CBSNews.com, the issues facing the center have been substantial.

The report states: The clock has run out for the Birthing Center at UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster. It closed its doors for good on Saturday night... UMass cites staffing levels, patient safety and declining birth rates for closing the center. On Friday a community of families and nurses, local leaders and community activists held a vigil outside the hospital, hoping for a 11th hour intervention to save the birthing center.

The efforts were unsuccessful.

As to UMMHealth.org's official statement on the closure: UMass Memorial Health and HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, like all providers in the Commonwealth, must adjust how we deliver care to our valued patients. Because maternity care is highly specialized, it has been challenging to consistently staff the unit despite our attempts to recruit and retain caregivers in that region. This, along with the declining number of deliveries at the hospital, has impacted the unit's ability to provide labor and delivery care to our patients. Effective September 23, the unit will be closed, and birthing patients will deliver at the Maternity Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center.


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