27 Medical Professionals Join Effort To Save Springfield Birth Center

Jul 25, 2019

PeaceHealth has remained steadfast in its plan to close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield, at the end of August. Thousands of Lane County residents have petitioned against the move. Now, members of the medical community have added their voices.

Dr. Thomas Ewing has been a physician in Eugene for 30 years and is a long-time supporter of the Birth Center. His son was born there 26 years ago. The family practice physician penned an open letter, urging PeaceHealth to not only keep the Birth Center open but to look for ways to expand the model of care.

Dr. Thomas Ewing is currently VP of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. He penned an open letter of support urging PeaceHealth to keep the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center open.
Credit Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon

“I know that midwifery services, when integrated with the larger medical community, is a very effective and safe way to deliver babies.”

Dr. Ewing says the “high touch, low intervention” practice of the Birth Center midwives helped his wife avoid a C-section. 

Dr. Tom Ewing with his older son Rhys and newborn baby boy, Spencer. Both children were born with midwifery assistance.
Credit Lisette Ewing

“Some of the data indicates that C-section rates decline in midwife assisted births.”   

The open letter is signed by 26 other local physicians and medical professionals. Dr. Ewing hopes PeaceHealth senior administrators will read it and reconsider.  

Dr. Tom Ewing and Lisette Ewing support midwifery supported model of care. Both their children were born with midwife assistance.
Credit Lisette Ewing

Reporter’s note: Dr. Thomas Ewing spent 10 years in accountability oversight of the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center when he was Chief Medical Officer at PeaceHealth Medical Group. He is currently Vice President of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.

To read the open letter by Dr. Tom Ewing and see the list of 27 undersigned medical professionals: