(WHAS11) -- Marycarol Akers has spent years delivering babies and after retiring as a Lt. Colonel from Ft. Knox she now wants to open the first alternative birthing center in Kentucky on Ring Road in Elizabethtown.
She’s a certified nurse midwife and says there’s a need for a center in Kentucky.
“I know women in Louisville who go down to Tennessee to deliver. I know women from here that have gone up to Clark Memorial just to have a low intervention birth,” said Akers.
She’s filed an application with the state and will have to convince cabinet officials at a hearing on Wednesday and Thursday that there’s a need for one, but local hospitals, including Hardin Memorial, are opposed.
In a statement they said, "The need for emergent care may be rare from the birthing center, but every emergency poses a risk. When there is an emergency, seconds matter, that's a mother and her baby and that is life and death."
Akers estimates the hospital would be five minutes from her facility.
“The hospitals are worried about me bringing them emergencies, but that's what hospitals are for,” said Akers.
She also estimates it would cost half as much to deliver a baby in a birthing center as opposed to a hospital.