ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A nurse midwife says she will appeal a hearing officer's decision to deny a permit for a proposed alternative birthing center in Elizabethtown.
Mary Carol Akers told The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/13ymh7q) that she's not certain whether she will ask the Cabinet for Health Services to reconsider her case or challenge the decision in Franklin Circuit Court. Either way, Akers said she plans to continue to fight for what would be the first alternative birthing center in the state.
Akers said women should be offered a choice, but three area hospitals argued during a hearing over the issue that the facility wasn't needed.
Hearing officer Kris M. Carlton ruled that the birthing center's business model and use projections weren't reasonable and that Akers hadn't shown a need for the facility in Elizabethtown.