LUVERNE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama hospital will soon shut down its maternity ward and quit delivering babies.
WAKA-TV reports that Crenshaw Community Hospital in Crenshaw County will stop deliveries as of next week. The station reports that women will have to drive at least 40 minutes away to give birth at the next-closest hospital.
Hospital CEO Brad Eiseman says the hospital is closing the department due to financial pressure from sequestration and cuts under the Affordable Care Act.
Eiseman says the number of babies born in the hospital has declined over the years, another factor in the decision. Last year, 108 babies were delivered. Eiseman says at least 300 babies need to be delivered for the hospital to be able to afford providing the services.