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Amber Moody, of Geddes, watches her day-old son, Silas, sleep while sitting in her private room Wednesday at Platte Health Center Avera. Out of 12 hospitals in The Daily Republic's coverage area, Platte is among five that still provide newborn delivery services.(Chris Huber/Republic)

Rural birthing options decrease

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GREGORY -- Heather Parkis has had the luxury of having the same family practioner deliver three of her children in Gregory.

If it was up to her, she would choose Dr. Richard Kafka to be in the delivery room for her fourth.


But when her baby arrives next month, she will use a different physician 26 miles away in Winner.

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