birthing centers en Hearing Set for Proposed Hardin County Birthing Center <p>A certified nurse midwife in central Kentucky has applied to open the first alternative birthing center in the state.</p><p>Mary Carol Akers told <a href="" target="_blank">The News Enterprise </a>that she thinks women in Kentucky should have more birthing options and has applied to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family for a certificate of need in order to build and operate the Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center in Elizabethtown.</p><p>The certificate is required to safeguard against having too many health care facilities.</p><p>Cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher says there are no other alternative birthing centers licensed in the state.</p><p>"I want you to know that women deserve another option," Akers said. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:09:09 +0000 Associated Press 26661 at