Declining birth rate: North Bay providers to cut back obstetrics

When Adventist Health St. Helena announced last month it will close its birthing center on Jan. 11 because of low patient volume, the news marked the latest among North Bay community hospitals reevaluating the sustainability of their obstetrics departments.

In Sonoma County, after seeing a 35% drop in births since 2015, Sonoma Valley Hospital on Oct. 31, 2018, shuttered its obstetrics department, one of several cost-cutting moves the hospital made that year. (