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Childbirth options are changing in rural Connecticut


Three rural Connecticut hospitals have recently suspended labor and delivery services or announced plans to do so, leaving locals with fewer and farther away options. Today on Where We Live, we get the latest on what this means for rural residents. How are labor and delivery services changing in our state?

Plus, the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority begins accepting applications December 1, with paid leave benefits going into effect in 2022. Hear from CEO Andrea Barton Reeves.


  • Andrea Barton Reeves - CEO, Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority
  • Nicole Leonard - Health Reporter, Connecticut Public
  • Ilda Ray - Chairperson, Windham/Willimantic NAACP Education Committee; Windham Board of Education
  • John Brady - Executive Vice President, AFT CT
Katie is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live. She has previously worked for CNN and News 8-WTNH. She enjoys Victorian novels and "pop culture theory."
Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of WNPR's morning talk show, Where We Live. She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.