Huntington-based St. Mary’s Medical Center realigning birthing services

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — One of the state’s largest hospitals has announced it will no longer operate its own birthing center.

St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, a part of Mountain Health Network, said it’s realigning services later this year. It will combine its childbirth services with nearby Cabell Huntington Hospital on the Cabell Huntington campus.

“While childbirths have steadily decreased nationally over the past decade, the decline is even greater in our region due to a reduced number of women of childbearing age. As such, the SMMC obstetrics unit will transition to a medical/surgical department with a focus on Women’s Health,” a statement forwarded to MetroNews Friday said. “Throughout the process, we will seek input from staff, providers, and leadership to ensure a seamless transition and utilize beds most effectively.”

The switchover is scheduled to occur Nov. 18.

“We honor the thousands of babies that have been born at SMMC and the fond memories they hold. We cherish being a part of those important moments and look forward to serving the new mothers, babies, and families of our region,” St. Mary’s said.

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