ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Joseph's Hospital is getting out of the baby business, saying it will shutter its maternity ward starting in September.

According to a post on the hospital's website, "After September 7, we will no longer be delivering babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, which has been a wonderful destination for maternity care for many years."

St. Joseph's is considered Minnesota's first hospital, after being founded in 1853.

“We routinely evaluate volumes and market projections to ensure our services are aligned with the needs of our communities,” said John Kvasnicka, MD, vice president, Medical Affairs. “Those projections show that more moms-to-be will be delivering their babies at our St. John's Hospital in Maplewood and Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury while we see a steady decline of maternity patients at St. Joseph’s with no projected improvement in the future. While this was not an easy decision, this change will ensure that we can provide the right care environment to deliver the best patient experience, invest in the facilities where we see increased growth and continue to provide safe and high-quality destinations for care."

Maternity patients will be admitted at St. Joseph’s through Sept. 7 and the unit will close on Sept. 10. St. John's and Woodwinds will continue its prenatal and delivery care for patients.

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