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Policy keeps some rural doctors from delivery room

The Texas Tribune, June 26, 2013

When Dr. Jeff Alling, a family physician, moved to Wise County more than 20 years ago, he was one of only two doctors in the rural North Texas community qualified to deliver babies. Since then, he has delivered more than 2,000. "I've got 12 little babies that I delivered their mothers 18 or 20 years ago, so I'm kind of on my second generation," he said. But Alling no longer has a place to deliver babies in the county. The community hospital in Bridgeport that he helped found in 2008 merged its obstetrics unit with the Wise Regional Health System in Decatur in March.