Hospital investigating two childbirth deaths

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WEYMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Officials at South Shore Hospital and the Department of Public Health are investigating two separate incidents where women died during childbirth in the last month.

According to The Patriot Ledger, 32-year-old Colleen Celia, of Middleboro, died Wednesday during a C-section procedure. The baby survived.

The Patriot Ledger also reported 30-year-old Christie Billodeau Fazio, a nurse at the hospital, died while giving birth to a baby boy on Dec. 14. The baby was OK.

In a statement, the Hospital said their teams responded to both cases "swiftly and aggressively - they did everything possible." They also said, "all signs suggest that the two situations were unrelated, unanticipated and unpreventable."

The hospital says it is conducting a thorough review and has contacted the Department of Public Health.

Death during childbirth is extremely rare. An average of 650 women die during childbirth per year in the United States, while in Massachusetts the average is five. In 2011 and 2012, only three women died while giving birth in the state.

The two families have set up GoFundMe pages. A page for Colleen Celia's family can be found here, and the Fazio family's fund page is here.