Baby+Co. closing N.C. birthing centers after string of newborn deaths

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Cary NC Birthing Center Closes

Baby+Co. announced Tuesday it is closing its three North Carolina birthing centers, according to a notice from the company. Baby+Co. came under scrutiny after three babies died at its centers in a 7-month span.

“We did not make this decision lightly, but market conditions and the payer landscape in North Carolina made these centers financially unsustainable,” the notice said. 

“Our passionate and talented team of midwives and employees have cared for over 4,000 women and families in North Carolina. We are extremely proud of the quality of care and experiences we provided.”

A state investigation in 2018 identified a number of “significant concerns” at the Cary location. The report, which came out in June, identified concerns such as “oversight and physician supervision of certified nurse midwives.”

Baby+Co. issued a 13-page rebuttal. In its closing announcement, the company outlined a handful of accomplishments regarding its “innovative model of maternity care.”

“We remain committed to the cause of improving maternity care in the United States because the current system remains broken,” the release said. “We will continue our efforts to provide a financially sustainable and scalable model of maternity care with our center in Nashville and elsewhere.”

Click here to read the release in its entirety. 

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