In Maternity Care Deserts, 'Stork Club' Dispatchers Help Moms Deliver Babies By Phone

Nov 8, 2018

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Earlier this year, Lakes Region General Hospital closed its labor and delivery unit, citing a declining number of deliveries. Now some women in labor may have to travel greater distances to deliver their babies in a hospital.

But what if the baby just can't wait?

Mothers could go to emergency rooms, but if that is too far away, a member of the so-called New Hampshire 9-1-1"stork club" could come to the rescue. These dispatchers talk mothers and fathers through the delivery of a baby by phone.

Derrick Corney is a member of this group and he joins All Things Considered host Peter Biello to talk about his job.

Listen to their conversation: