By Julie Lasson, for ProPublica
The young woman’s water broke late one morning in August 2014, as she stood in the bathroom of her home in rural Kentucky.
Her mother rushed her to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She signed a slip at the front desk, listing her chief complaint as “labor.”
But Jewish Hospital had closed its obstetrics department eight years earlier.
“We don’t deliver babies here,” the nurse told the woman over the phone, not realizing that she was calling from inside the emergency room, a government inspection found.
With no help offered, the woman and her mother went to a nearby gas station and called 911. An ambulance took her to a hospital 24 miles away, where she delivered a baby girl via C-section. [Read more…] about Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor