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      DHEC: Fort Mill birthing center didn't call doctor

      DHEC releases order suspending the licence of Carolina Community Maternity Center because midwives failed to call doctor during difficult birth

      FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina regulators closed a Fort Mill birthing center because midwives failed to consult a doctor during a difficult birth and drove the mother to the hospital themselves instead of calling an ambulance.

      The Department of Health and Environmental Control released its order suspending the license of Carolina Community Maternity Center.

      DHEC says a woman who came to the center in labor on Aug. 30 went more than five hours without being checked and had membranes rupture. DHEC says the midwives did not consult a doctor.

      The order says the midwives did not call an ambulance and took the woman to the hospital in a private car after the baby's pulse started dropping. The child was dead when delivered by cesarean section.

      The center says it's appealing the suspension.