Mayers Memorial hospital to close its obstetrics ward

Pregnant mothers in eastern Shasta County will have to make birthing arrangements elsewhere once the Mayers Memorial Hospital District ceases delivery of newborns in mid-September.BAby and mom

The decision to discontinue birth services comes after hospital officials were faced with declining newborn deliveries, and challenges staffing the unit with trained obstetrics nurses.

"It's been a constant conversation for the past five years," said Louis Ward, the hospital's chief executive officer. "We never wanted to see this day come."

In 2006, Mayers recorded 108 deliveries, and that number continued to decline each year, but saw a small spike in 2010, when 96 babies were delivered. But since then, deliveries continued to decrease, and Mayers recorded only 54 deliveries for 2015, half of what it was 10 years prior. Click here to read the full article.

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