- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas health officials have ordered the emergency suspension of a Topeka birthing center’s license in response to complaints about an unusually high number of medical problems in women and their newborn children.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier’s Feb. 4 order noted the Birth and Women’s Center was licensed to deliver babies for only healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, but a state investigation had found at least four clients who had risk factors not associated with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies.

Other complaints about the center included that it failed to provide a suitable environment or practice acceptable procedures, resulting in women being placed at unnecessary risk; it failed to maintain adequate records or properly report births and adverse incidents; and failed to transfer women and newborns to other facilities when appropriate and necessary.

Mosier concluded that “the immediacy of labor and the birth of a child in a situation where the care received may not be of acceptable quality constitutes an immediate danger to the public health, safety or welfare requiring state agency action.”

A woman who answered the phone at the center said she couldn’t comment and referred questions to Dr. Josie Norris, the practitioner who oversees the birth center.

Norris didn’t immediately return a phone call.

The birthing center has 15 days from the time it was notified of the suspension to request a hearing to contest the move.


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