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Mid­wife Sarah Stokes had time to post on Face­book that she was rac­ing to a birth at Lums­den on Tues­day night.

It took her 10 min­utes to reach the town’s Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre, but it took the ex­pec­tant mum an hour to drive there.

The baby ar­rived in the early hours of the morn­ing.

‘‘If we didn’t have Lums­den this baby would have ar­rived road side,’’ she said.

The pro­posed down­grade of ser­vices at Lums­den has come as a shock to many.

There have been plenty of sto­ries shared on the Save Lums­den Ma­ter­nity 2018 Face­book page from gen­er­a­tions of north­ern South­land fam­i­lies who have given birth or spent the first days of their ba­bies lives at the fa­cil­ity.

The days of writ­ing ‘Lums­den’ as the place of birth on a birth cer­tifi­cate may be run­ning out and no-one wants to be writ­ing ‘side of road’ in­stead.

Feed­back on the pro­posal closes on March 20.

If you want to save the fa­cil­ity, now is the time to have your say. RE­PORTER: Rachael Kelly (03) 209-0114, 027 641 4281, rachael.kelly@stuff.co.nz; NEWS DIREC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@stuff.co.nz, 027 200 4404; SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McKinney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mckinney@stuff.co.nz; ME­DIA SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Tyla Routhan (03) 209 0118, (027) 562 7381 tyla.routhan@stuff.co.nz; CLAS­SI­FIEDS: Shirley Cleaver (03) 209 0108; AD DEADLINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds - Wed­nes­day 10am. AD­DRESS: 171 Main St, PO Box 66, Gore 9740. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: neigh­bourly.co.nz/ newslink. ON­LINE: stuff.co.nz, south­land­times.co.nz

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