To the Editor:

It seems the greater powers that be have already made their decision, but I still felt it was important to highlight the miracles that are performed at the birthing center at New Milford Hospital.

In July of 2006, at 33 weeks pregnant, I was rushed by a friend to New Milford Hospital and my twin girls were born less than 19 minutes later.

I had placenta previa and was bleeding out. I know the stars were aligned in so many ways that day.

They were already set up for a C-section; my OB was there and so was at least one pediatrician.

Dr. Trias and the nurses in the birthing center are the reason the girls are healthy kindergartners and I have gotten to see them grow.

It frightens me to think of another woman in the same condition who will not get the same opportunity.

A trip to Danbury Hospital -- if there had been an ambulance and a qualified team ready to make the 25-minute trip -- may have been too long.

I understand a hospital is a business to make money, but what about its patients?

I hope the people making this grave decision do not have a pregnant sister or wife who needs immediate care in our community in the near future.

Aimee Barrett

New Milford