HUDSON – Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) is changing its maternity program. Effective later this year deliveries will be moved to Albany Medical Center. Pre- and post-natal care for mother and baby services will continue at CMH’s two locations in Hudson and Catskill.
News of the changes is posted on the CMH website and Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, July 17.
The change will begin September 30, with deliveries taking place at The Birth Place at Albany Med.
CMH says that over the last decade, the number of deliveries made annually at Columbia CMH has fallen substantially due largely to lower regional birth rates. At the same time, a serious national shortage of obstetricians has developed, which hits rural areas especially hard.
The Hudson hospital and health center says it has been able to meet the challenges presented by these factors, but they are no longer able to sustain around-the-clock obstetrician coverage for deliveries.
“In order to maintain the highest quality delivery experiences, CMH looked to their partner at Albany Med,” a press release from CMH says. “The Birth Place at Albany Med is staffed with obstetricians who are not just on call to come in for deliveries at any hour, but are always onsite and available for deliveries at any hour. Coupled with Albany Med’s advanced, onsite neo-natal unit, CMH saw transferring deliveries to Albany Med as the best option to ensure the high level of birthing experience their patients have come to expect.”
CMH says it has implemented a comprehensive information and assistance campaign to educate and support patients. The new Maternity Program Specialists will help guide and advise them through the birth of their baby and beyond. This specialist will be a go-to guide on all pregnancy questions, and will help schedule classes and provide all the important information needed throughout pregnancy. Also, each pregnant woman has had or shortly will have a direct dialogue with CMH’s provider team to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed, and CMH has produced a Q and A video specifically for them. Also, they will have an opportunity to personally tour the Albany Med Birth Place to get acclimated to and comfortable with its features and logistics.
No jobs will be lost as the result of this change and the maternity unit will continue to be used for women’s health services, according to the release.
More information is at www.columbiamemorialhealth.org/more-info-maternity.