Seton Health, NorthEast Health and St Peter's Health Care are merging. For those of us concerned with reproductive rights and maternity care for women in the Capitol District of New York, this means change. The Burdett Care Center is planned; it will exist within Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY and provide reproductive (no terminations) and maternity services for women in Renasselaer County. A Certificate of Need for the development of the Burdett Care Center has been filed with the NY State Dept of Health. The last public meeting for the CON is on January 12, 2010. For more information about the meeting, please go to the following website: www.friendsoftheburdettcarecenter.org
A petition has be started to show support for the model of care that has existed at the Seton Childbirth Center for the last 10 years. To see this petition, you can go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/setonmerger (you do not have to make a donation).
If you feel moved to write, speak up or otherwise make your views known, all of the following options are available: comment below, comment on the Friends of the Burdett Care Center website (above), add your name to the above petition, write to your local midwife, write to the CEO's of Seton, St Peter's and NorthEast Health (names and addresses on the FBCC site), let members of the news media know what you want/like/need concerning care during the childbearing year. If you do write letters, copies can be posted on the FBCC website. As always, fell free to call me with questions or concerns.
K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NY LM
Local Care Midwifery