In late 2013 and early 2014, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton had 3 deaths in its childbirth center over six weeks — a cluster of events that prompted a state investigation. According to the Department of Public Health, one baby died in the birth canal, another baby was born without a heartbeat, and a mother died of a stroke as a result of high blood pressure.
In response, the hospital’s new CEO — Joanne Marqusee — has announced major policy and staffing changes. Rebecca Everett is a reporter with the Daily Hampshire Gazette who’s been following this story. Everett says the state found a number of problems that may have led to the deaths.