By Andrea K. Walker
12:40 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Update: Carver said this afternoon that 50 total employees would lose their jobs, including 10 to 15 doctors and midwives. They could get jobs at other UMMS facilities, including other positions at Maryland General.
The obstetrics unit at Maryland General will close June 30th displacing 10 to 15 doctors and midwives.
The news was first reported in the Baltimore Business Journal.
The University of Maryland Medical System, which owns Maryland General, made the decision to stop the services because of a declining number of deliveries at the hospital, said spokeswoman Mary Lynn Carver.
The hospital delivered about 1,200 babies annually five years ago and now delivers about 400 each year.
Carver said patients at Maryland General can have their babies at University of Maryland Medical Center. The two hospitals are just a mile apart and Carver said it is more efficient to operate one obstetrics program rather than two separate ones.
>She said doctors and midwives have been notified of the closure and are exploring other employment options, including jobs at other University of Maryland System facilities.
These individuals have been notified that the unit is closing and are exploring a variety of other employment options. These include taking positions at other hospitals, including other UMMS hospitals.
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