Help us Save St. Vincent’s
Advocacy, Choices, Natural Birth, Uncategorized
As you may already know, St. Vincent’s Hospital is under threat of closure. Government officials, hospital administrators, and community representatives are working to define a solution to this problem. We will keep you updated with any details that we have.
In the meantime, we want all decision makers to know that the community is behind this hospital. We ask that you stand with us in support of St. Vincent’s. Scroll down to see how you can help.
The closure of St. Vincent’s would not only have a tremendous impact on the residents of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the repercussions would be felt throughout the City’s already overburdened healthcare system. For the birth community, the loss of St. Vincent’s would be a particularly devastating blow for many reasons.
First, most New York City labor and delivery units are already operating at or above capacity. With the closure of St. Vincent’s, these already overburdened units would be forced to collectively absorb an additional 1800 births per year. This is a serious public health concern with overcrowding leading to substandard care for all women.
Second, in addition to overburdening its neighbors, the closure of St. Vincent’s would mean that New York City families would be losing the only hospital in the city that is actively striving to provide truly Mother-Friendly, evidence-based care. In the last year, major steps that have been taken toward this goal including:
Lowering the C-Section rate
Supporting unhurried, family-centered maternity care
Implementing progressive VBAC policies
Welcoming home birth transfers
Exemplifying of the Midwifery Model of Care
Providing exceptional Neonatal Care
Providing the only Perinatal hospice-like care in NYC
*Download our outreach letter for a full explanation of the importance of St. Vincent’s for the birth community*
How you can help
1. Sign the petition that Choices in Childbirth has created to show support for St. Vincent’s – particularly their one-of-a-kind Maternity Care Service.
2. Visit Councilwoman Quinn’s Website to sign her petition to keep St. Vincent’s open.
3. Visit the new website: www.savestvincents.com and help in whatever ways are at your disposal. Here you can share stories of what St. Vincent’s has meant to you as a parent, provider, or community member. You can also write letters to elected officials using the templates on this website.
4. Download a a copy of our outreach letter and share this information with your friends, family and colleagues. We need to get the word out about what an incredible loss for the birth community this would be.