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March 27, 2007

Fewer options for DC area's expectant mamas

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It's a sad day for local healthcare, with the news that both The Maternity Center (Bethesda) and The Takoma Women's Health Center (Takoma Park) will be closing within the next two months.

Both midwifery practices have offered excellent prenatal, labor, and delivery care for women in the DC area for many years, and The Maternity Center has long been one of only two freestanding birth centers in the area. (The other is BirthCare & Women's Health in Old Town, which, for the moment at least, is still alive and well!) I covered both practices in the first edition of my book, and will be sorry to remove them from the second edition. I'm especially sorry to know that, ultimately, it's all about the money. (Forgive me for noticing, but American healthcare is a total disaster.)

The Washington Post just published a story on the demise of these two practices: "Midwife Centers in Montgomery Prepare to Close."

Posted by Sarah at 8:27 AM.