Fort Mill birthing center closed by SC officials

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 has operated for four years. Its website says it has five midwives.

Midwives are not required to be nurses in South Carolina, but they must be licensed.

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.

Beasley said DHEC has not suspended any other birthing center licenses in the past year.

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