C-sections move from Murwillumbah to Tweed Hospital
MURWILLUMBAH Hospital will re-open a low risk birthing service in October, but will cut back c-section births.
On Thursday, Northern NSW Local Health District chief executive Chris Crawford said c-section births will move to the Tweed Hospital.
But gynaecological surgery will still be available at Murwillumbah Hospital, on the surgical ward.
"These changes can be accomplished due to the significant fall in the number of births at (Murwillumbah) and (Tweed) over the last couple of years," Mr Crawford said.
"The affected MDH Maternity Ward Midwives and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association have this afternoon been briefed about the decisions of the Board and consultation on the implementation of these decisions has commenced."
More than 70% of women undergoing c-section births at Murwillumbah Hospital lived closer to Tweed Heads hospital.
Only four of 42 women who had cesareans at Murwillumbah Hospital in 2014-15 were Murwillumbah residents.
Maternity Choices spokesperson Sally Cusack said the group initially pushed to keep c-section births.
"In the end, this was a financial decision made by the (chief executive). With only four women from Murwillumbah ... it was difficult to make a strong case in support of keeping it in place."