BABY BOOM ENDS
As those of you who have been reading Cottage Door over the years
know, the number of babies delivered at Grace Cottage has dropped
dramatically over the last decade. Indeed, no babies have been
born at Grace Cottage since May.
Demographics tell much of the story - according to the U.S. Census
of 2000, there was a 19.45% decline in Windham County in the number
of people ages 20-24, and a 28.64% decline in the number of people
ages 25-34. The women who are of child-bearing age tend to be
having fewer babies than their mothers and grandmothers did, and
they are often having them later in life, which puts them into
a higher-risk category. Since Grace Cottage has never had an obstetrician
on staff, women with high-risk pregnancies are sent to hospitals
that have the capability to perform C-sections, if needed.
Therefore, the Trustees have announced that after all of the
prospective mothers currently in Grace Cottage's care have delivered,
obstetrics will be discontinued. However, the Baby Parade at Fair
Day will continue - and will include all babies born in the West
A grateful family writes:
Dear Dr. Linder & Staff,
Thank you all so much for the caring and understanding way you
treated us and our daughter on our recent visit to your emergency
room. Lexie had burned her foot in a campfire. She was traumatized
and in pain and we were, to say the least, upset!
Your gentle way and reassurance helped us all, and Lexie still
remembers the ice pops you gave her. Now, three weeks later, she
is running around again like any normal three-year-old. Thank
you all, again.
Charlie, Heather & Lexie Matthews, Union, CT
In the last issue of Cottage Door, we noted that with Irene Bills'
passing, "Grace Cottage has said farewell to its last surviving
original nurse." In fact, Valerie Streeter, RN, is the last
surviving original nurse; she's living comfortably in a nursing
home in Bennington, VT. Our sincere apologies to Val and her family
for this omission.
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