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Briana Almond, of Buckeye is 35 weeks pregnant and due Nov. 24. The 25-year-old Navajo woman had planned to deliver her baby at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center but is now devising a new plan after learning the hospital shut down its birthing center. She says hospital staff recommended she deliver her baby at the Tuba City Regional Health Care, another Indian Health Service facility more than 200 miles away. (Dalton Walker/Indian Country Today via AP)

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For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups. She was shocked when, at 40 weeks pregnant, she learned the hospital had shut down its obstetrics services with no prior notice.

By By Dalton Walker, Indian Country Today October 29, 2020