Re: Early test for Down Syndrome first trimesterJan 4th, 2007
It sounds like infants will still have immediate access to all the NICU bells and whistles which is ideal. I would prefer all laboring women also have access to the highest standards of intensive care on site should they need it, but that is pretty unrealistic (every hospital that does deliveries can't support that). At the very least if they are going to be doing high risk deliveries they need dedicated specialists and a high risk unit. For healthy moms, this place seems perfectly reasonable to me. When you think about it, most low risk women in Canada don't deliver in hospitals with the highest available acuity units. Many are choosing midwives or GPs even rather than OBs. I know if I were to give birth and was low risk, my preference would be a midwife, so I can't say I think it's necessary for low risk women to all have access to high risk perinatologists and neonatologists.