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Midwife seeking state approval for alternative birthing options

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When it comes to giving birth, moms in Kentucky don't have many options.

But a midwife in Elizabethtown is looking to change that by trying to open the first alternative birthing center in the commonwealth.

Mary Carol Akers says there is much more to prenatal care than a quick visit with a physician.

"We need to talk about your nutrition we need to talk about your exercise patterns we need to talk about keeping yourself healthy," said Akers.

Jennifer Vicknair is one of hundreds of women who turn to Mary as their midwife. As with every new mom, Vicknair has some worries about childbirth. She turned to a midwife to care for her during pregnancy and natural labor.

"I just wanted a chance to see what my body could do without being medicated, without medical interventions," said Vicknair.

In Kentucky, birthing centers are not an option. It is legal, but no one has taken the initiative to open one in the past twenty years until now.

"I need to jump the hoops that they put up there, make it happen, and then go from there to show what a difference we can make," said Vicknair.

Mary spent the last three years putting together a 400 page application seeking state approval to open a birthing center in Elizabethtown.

She will present her plans to an administrative judge in Frankfort who has six weeks to make a decision.

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