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Fort Mill Birthing Center Closed After Birth With Bad Outcome

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A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials have suspended the license of a birthing center in Fort Mill.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday that the license of Carolina Community Maternity Center was suspended Sept. 2 pending an investigation.

DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley would not elaborate.

The center said it is appealing the suspension, which it says stemmed from a birth with a bad outcome. The center referred to a grieving family and said its midwives took appropriate action and took the mother to the hospital.

The center’s website says it has five midwives.

The center says the state is enforcing a regulation it had never done previously. That regulation requires that a doctor be available to provide medical assistance at the birthing center at all times.

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