Another layer of stress’: Expecting mom on Peace Arch Hospital maternity ward closure

Anger is growing over a decision to close the maternity ward at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock. The ward is set to close January 28 due to a shortage of pediatricians, forcing expectant mothers to other nearby hospitals to deliver their babies.

An expecting mother in B.C. said she’s disappointed and anxious after learning the hospital where she planned to give birth has closed its maternity ward indefinitely.

Sandra Morse’s first child, a boy, is due at the beginning of March and her carefully-prepared birth plan included labouring at her parents’ house and delivering at the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock.

“The maternity ward people were so kind and caring and it’s such a peaceful and calm environment,” she said. “It’s very disappointing that I’m not going to be having my baby there.”

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