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Fort Mill birthing center shut down by officials

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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

State regulators have suspended the license of a Fort Mill birth center, but will not explain the violation.

The Carolina Community Maternity Center on Pleasant Road is fighting the suspension, according to the facility's facebook page.

WBTV has learned from York County dispatchers that two 911 calls were placed from the facility in the last six months concerning delivery complications. It's not clear if the infants who needed help survived.

The center is using social media to organize support and raise money for a legal fight.

"We regret to inform our community that DHEC has issued a temporary suspension to operate our facility." their posting stated on facebook.

"We are working diligently to appeal the decision so we can re-open as soon as possible. Clients are welcome to call and discuss options for their continued care and access their medical records. We will share additional information as soon as we are able to. We have loved serving our families for the past 4 years and look forward to continuing to do so in the near future. We are grateful for the ongoing love and support from the community."

It's unclear when or if the center will be allowed to reopen.

Supporters of the center organized a special fundraising web site in anticipation of legal expenses. Also, a private facebook page has been set up to keep supporters informed on the changes.  It's been up for three days, and already has more than 300 "likes."

WBTV has tried to contact the Carolina Community Maternity Center, but our calls and emails have gone unanswered, however the organization did post a response on their Facebook page:

"The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the licensing agency for CCMC, is enforcing a regulation that has never been previously enforced on any SC birth center.

It is a regulation that requires a physician to be "on call and available to provide medical assistance at the birthing center at all times that it is serving the public." Our initial license to operate, and each subsequent annual license renewal, was approved without this provision.

We had an agreement with a physician who was available to provide medical assistance but it did not require him/her to be on site at the birth center. As we were working on this issue with DHEC one of our families had a birth with a bad outcome.

CCMC midwives took appropriate emergency measures in transporting the laboring mother to the hospital. Calling a physician to come to the birth center would have delayed transport. A physician would not have been able to provide appropriate care at the birth center as operating room facilities were needed.

For this reason DHEC issued a suspension of our facility's license. Other SC birth centers have been issued a memo requiring them to meet the provision to have a physician available to provide medical assistance at their birthing centers.

We are appealing this suspension. Consumer support is needed so check back regularly for updates. In the meantime, please remember there is a grieving family who deserves the utmost privacy and respect."

 

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