As she leaves a 12-hour-day on the labor and delivery shift, Dr. Katie Merriam turns off her pager.

"I don't know what I'd do without it, you know? It's another limb. I always know where it is," she says, laughing.

The third-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the Carolinas Medical Center hospital in Charlotte, N.C., works in a medical specialty dominated by women, treating women. Merriam says she feels a special connection to her patients.


Most county health departments no longer offer services to pregnant women. But on Florida’s Space Coast, the opposite is true: The county health department offers 100 percent coverage for pregnant women.

Tampa Bay Times

Pasco Regional Medical Center, owned by for-profit Health Management Associates, will close its obstetrics unit Sept. 1, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The CEO calls the closure a business decision: The Dade City hospital can’t keep up with rising medical costs as more mothers choose to give birth at other nearby hospitals.