A community reacts to the threatened closure of a beloved birth center that has been serving Eugene, Oregon for nearly 30 years.
“Women who received prenatal care in Strong Start Birth Centers had better birth outcomes and lower costs relative to similar Medicaid beneficiaries not enrolled in Strong Start. In particular, rates of preterm birth, low birthweight, and cesarean section were lower among Birth Center participants, and costs were more than $2,000 lower per mother-infant pair during birth and the following year. These promising Birth Center results may be useful to state Medicaid programs seeking to improve the health outcomes of their covered populations.”
Ways to help:
Call the Peace Health "Hotline to the Heart" patient complaint line to express concern/support for the birth center. 1-866-222-6822.
Share your stories and our posts on social media using the hashtag #SaveTheNurseMidwiferyBirthCenter
Write letters to the Editor at Register Guard (https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/contribute-letter) and the Eugene Weekly