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Babies are heading to the Legislature

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Babies are heading to the Legislature come Monday as expectant mothers and their unborn child are being offered free ultrasounds by Obgyn Doctor Thomas Shieh in an effort to raise awareness for the need for renovations at the Guam Memorial Hospital's Labor and Delivery ward. As you may recall in April of this year several Island Senators took a tour of the hospital's L-and-D ward and were surprised that the ward had not seen any renovations in over two decades. During that tour Senators expressed that they would identify money to make the necessary renovations as mothers are moved four times from the time they enter labor to delivery. In a letter to senators Shieh wrote "I was informed that moms and their new born and unborn babies were not a priority in your budget hearing and debate.  Thus the money for renovating our over 25 year old labor and delivery ward was not in the budget was a disappointment to us all." In an effort to reiterate the urgency of the renovation and that these mothers deserve an updated place at the hospital's labor and delivery ward starting Monday afternoon Shieh will be at Vice Speaker BJ Cruz's office to perform free ultrasounds for expectant moms so Senators can see these babies first hand.  From there he will continue to all the Senator's offices to include the Governor's office and then rotate until our law makers and administration place this issue as a priority and fund it. He hopes will raise awareness and allow them to realize that these moms and babies should be a priority.
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