LSU Earl K. Long Medical Center will close its inpatient labor and delivery services July 1 and move labor and delivery services to Woman’s Hospital, a news release said.

The LSU obstetrics and gynecology program will continue its fetal stress testing and prenatal and woman’s services at its north Baton Rouge outpatient clinic on Airline Highway.

A preliminary agreement with Woman’s was signed in September, with the move originally planned for Jan. 1.

Budget cuts delayed the shift. Earl K. Long delivers 50 to 60 babies a month; Woman’s about 650.

“Our plan is to ensure the best services possible for our patients while allowing the LSU Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residency program to maintain its high level of training,” said Dr. Kathy Viator, chief executive officer of Earl K. Long, in the news release.