KARA HOLCOMB: Speaks out about hospital’s decision to close maternity unit

TO THE EDITOR:

This letter is to Munson Manistee Hospital:

I have been cringing lately over your completely unprofessional handling of closing down the OB ward.

If you were a small, local business, this would be a publicity nightmare.

(It’s still a publicity nightmare, but you wouldn’t acknowledge that.)

I notice you like to use terms like “emotional” to describe people who have very real and legitimate concerns about the health and mortality of pregnant women.

That is a classic “gaslighting” move.

The implication is of course that people aren’t thinking clearly and are blinded by their emotions.

Classic deflection. Spot on negation.

It is unfortunate there is no one who holds you accountable for decisions that are made, or for what may happen due to those decisions.

It’s shameful that you encourage women in need to visit the closest Munson hospital … and not the nearest hospital.

You’re deliberate misleading is offensive.

Referencing “only” 150 births while implying nothing is happening those other 215 days is downright deceitful.

Non-stress tests take place from roughly 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days of the week. Some women need daily tests, some weekly, some bi-weekly.

Many women shockingly don’t give birth and go home the very next day.

Women who have C-sections stay more than one day.

The OB ward is also used for recovery from gynecological surgeries.

You also imply that the closure is necessary for a better future for the area.

Babies are the future for the area!

It’s mind blowing how defensively and unprofessionally this whole thing has been handled.

I’m embarrassed, for you.

Kara Holcomb

Manistee

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