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PeaceHealth's Family Birth Center to close in August

The certified nurse midwifery practice will move to Riverbend Hospital.

Posted: May 9, 2019 4:47 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A major health care organization is closing its midwife birthing center this summer.

PeaceHealth's Family Birth Center will be closing in August. The center is where the certified nurse midwifery practice is, but this summer services will move to Riverbend Hospital a short distance away.

Spokeswoman Marcy Marshall said only about 50 deliveries happen at the center a year and that's not enough. Marshall said the move also gives their patients access to a high level of expertise and technology, should the need arise.

"When this transition occurs, whatever it may look like, we will make it as seamless as possible -- not just for the caregivers and staff, but especially for pregnant women and those considering their birthing options," Marshall said.

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