A team from France 2 went to Calvados to investigate the consequences of closing a maternity ward.
In Cricqueboeuf, on November 26, 2014, the maternity ward of the Côte Fleurie hospital center closed its doors. However, neither the hygiene, nor the activity of the establishment were in question. The only lack of intensive care anesthetists caused its closure. “In terms of medical attendance, we were not in full compliance with the regulations”, explains Jean-Jacques Vail, director of the Côte Fleurie hospital. It was not for lack of trying to recruit anesthetists, but to no avail.
“We don’t know the staff”
For future parents, they must now go to the nearest hospital located in Lisieux, half an hour away. A mother has just given birth, she had no problems, but the couple would have preferred their child to be born as close as possible to their home. “Compared to Criqueboeuf, we have 15 to 20 minutes more, you can feel it on the road”says the father. “It changed the organization. In addition, we do not know the maternity staff. In Cricqueboeuf, I had my gynecologist and we already knew the service. ” For another mother, giving birth in Lisieux was more reassuring, because the maternity ward is well classified, it can take care of any complications.