SARASOTA, Fla. — Paris Bean checked into Rosemary Birthing Home before the sun rose on the last Wednesday in January, excited to deliver her first child.
Two weeks past her original due date and plump from pregnancy, the 23-year-old lumbered into the freestanding birth center with her longtime partner, Jason Fisher.
The couple carried a load of clothes and blankets for the baby, a birthing kit for the midwife, several bags of ice and two homemade casseroles — enough for 25 people — to feed the entire birthing team that they expected to rally around them.
But just one person was there at the time, Bean and Fisher said.
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