Hearing Begins for Proposed Birthing Center in Hardin Co.

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A hearing has begun in Frankfort to examine a proposal to open the first alternative birthing center in the state.

An attorney for certified nurse midwife Mary Carol Akers told state officials that facility would offer a needed choice in Hardin County, but three area hospitals are opposing the move, citing concerns about safety and duplication of services.

The hearing will determine whether the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family will issue a certificate of need for the facility. The certificate is required by state officials to safeguard against having too many health care facilities.

The News-Enterprise reports that opponents of the project offered much of the testimony Wednesday, but that the hearing is expected to continue through Friday.

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