St. Mary’s Health System to end maternity services

Plunging births are being blamed for the closure of maternity services at a Lewiston medical centre. St. Mary’s Health System officials announced they will close the maternity and women’s health service at the end of July. St. Mary’s Health System cites “continuously declining birth rates” as the reason for the closure. Officials say the decision was approved by the health system’s boards and its parent company, Covenant Health. Officials say both St. Mary’s and Central Maine Medical Centers had a total of 1,044 births in 2021, Jörgensen said. “With the availability of a Level 2 NICU and LifeFlight services in our community at CMMC, we felt our communities would be well catered to care for all patients, including in the case of high-risk pregnancies.”

Plunging births are being blamed for the closure of maternity services at a Lewiston medical centre.

St. Mary’s health system officials announced they will be closing maternity and women’s health services at the end of July.

St. Mary’s Health System cites “continuously declining birth rates” as the reason for the closure. Officials say the decision was approved by the health system’s boards and its parent company, Covenant Health.

Officials say both St. Mary’s and Central Maine Medical Centers had a total of 1,044 births in 2021.

“The decision to close our maternity services has been difficult and emotional, but is in the best interests of our community,” said St. Mary’s President Steve Jorgensen. “With the availability of a Level 2 NICU and LifeFlight services in our community at CMMC, we felt our communities would be well catered to care for all patients, including in the case of high-risk pregnancies.”

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