Suspension of obstetrics services a cause for concern for Bathurst woman

A Bathurst woman says she hopes the Vitalite Health Network can get a handle on a staffing shortage at the Chaleur Regional Hospital's obstetrics unit before she gives birth.

The network announced earlier this week that it was suspending the service until further notice because of the shortage of nurses in that unit.

Though only scheduled to give birth in a few months, Alyssa Russell says having to travel to Campbellton or Miramichi means fewer visitors, including her young daughter, as well as travelling during what she calls 'prime storm season'.

Russell says her first child was delivered by C-section and adds she'd be much more comfortable being tended to by her regular doctor who she says is already familiar with her file.