Natural Birthing Center Closes Due To Deaths Of 3 Newborns
A natural birthing center in North Carolina has stopped delivering babies after the deaths of three newborns in the past six months.
Baby+Company in Cary has told its customers by email that it is sending all mothers in labor to WakeMed Cary, a local hospital which is its business partner. The company didn't provide specific information on when the deaths occurred, citing privacy laws.
According to the News & Observer, the company said its Cary site has had four deaths since it opened in October 2014. That compares to only one death at its other five centers in three states. Baby+Co. also operates facilities in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.
Birthing centers are not licensed or certified in North Carolina, although the company says care at its centers is provided by board-certified nurse midwives.