Birthing Center in Petaluma Set to Close

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Plans are in motion to close the birthing center at Providence Petaluma Valley Hospital. The hospital is also planning to sever ties with its anesthesiology provider. Providence, which bought the hospital more than two years ago, says the Family Birthing Center can no longer continue to sustain itself and meet its “high standards of safety and patient experience in the coming years.” Providence will be breaking the terms of its sale agreement, which stated it must keep the birthing center open for at least five years after the purchase.