When my water broke in for my second child in the winter of 2006, it was the middle of the night. I barely roused my heavy sleeping husband out of bed to get him… to drive me to the hospital.
At the time, the distance from the Eastern Side of Copley to Akron General Hospital wasn’t all that far.. But when you are having contractions that get down to 5 minutes apart, those 18 minutes to the hospital, that time stretches to an eternity– especially when your husband MISSES the Rt. 59 exit and has to take 10 EXTRA minutes to get to the hospital.
For that reason, my heart goes out to those soon-to-be-new-mommies in Medina, Ohio. Come June, Medina Hospital will no longer have a birthing unit– meaning, you can’t have your baby there (unless you want to do so in the Emergency Room). This is the result of consolidation by the Cleveland Clinic health system. It simply has to do with money.
I’m all for businesses making a profit (I think, anyway) , but taking away the only hospital with a birthing center in a county of 174,000 people.. that’s rude. No, that’s inconsiderate, no, wait… that’s heartless.
According to the Medina County Gazette, Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell is trying to get the Cleveland Clinic to change its mind, or, or to get Summa to open a birthing center at Summa Medina-Lake. But nothing is going to happen without a lot of voices, signatures, and noise making.
Below is a map of Hospitals with Birthing Centers surrounding Medina County… Note the Birthing Center DESERT of 44256 (starting June 2017).
Are Akron and Copley Police going to be delivering a lot more babies because new moms not making it.. while they drive East across the long haul of Route 18 to get to Akron General?
Are you pregnant, have you been a Mom in Medina County?
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