Mary Carol Akers, CNM, PhD, practices in Elizabethtown, KY. In the course of her career she has midwifed more than 6,000 babies, while also serving as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Lactation Consultant. Akers was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2013. In 2009 she began a quest to open Kentucky’s first free-standing birth center, The Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center. During a Certificate of Need hearing, required by Kentucky law, three local hospitals objected to the opening of the center, claiming they already offered the same services that the center would provide. The hearing officer denied the Certificate of Need, but last month a Franklin County Circuit Court judge reversed the hearing officer’s decision on appeal. His grounds? The hospitals did not have the right to object, because the proposed birth center’s services were considerably different from those offered by hospitals. To read read more about the case, visit http://birthmonopoly.com/kentuckybirthcenters/.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!