Jenny Fleming-Ives: Hopes birthing center story makes difference

Published: 6/15/2020 2:30:16 PM

I want to commend the Gazette for publishing Dusty Christensen's fine  piece of investigative reporting (“Hospital birth center closing.” June 6 ) and the subsequent revealing and enlightening guest column by midwife Vanessa Ross and colleagues of Midwifery Care of Holyoke and the Holyoke Medical Center Birthing Center.

For me, these are examples of a local community newspaper at its very best.

I have a personal interest in this story as almost 13 years ago my grandson was born at the Holyoke Medical Center Birthing Center. I witnessed firsthand the outstanding care, competent, compassionate, personal, that the midwives and nurses of Midwifery Care of Holyoke gave my daughter and her family .

I ache that this kind of midwifery care is no longer available for women and their families in Holyoke and all across the Pioneer Valley.

I can only hope that your searchlight on this will make a difference .

Jenny Fleming-Ives

Northampton




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