According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, next month there will only be eight hospitals in Philadelphia that deliver babies, down from 19 a decade ago. Why? Because maternity care is a "money loser."
They can't make enough money off people having babies to make it worthwhile to care for them.
I am so fed up with the state of health care in this country. Back when I first started realizing that hospitals were run by private corporations, and not funded from taxes, the possibility of something like this happening crossed my mind.
Childbirth care for the indigent has always been sketchy, but it did stay barely on the "acceptable" side of the scale. This situation is not acceptable.
For quite a while now, there has existed the alternative of home birth, with midwives in attendance. However midwives require that the home be within 15 minutes of a hospital, and will only accept low-risk clients.
When we stop looking after mothers and babies, we are risking our existence as a society.
Why is this not obvious to everyone?