Aug. 18, 2013: Our readers write

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Mothers should make birth location choice

I am writing to express my dismay that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services denied a Certificate of Need for the Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center proposed for Elizabethtown. This would be the first freestanding, midwife-operated birth center in Kentucky. My oldest son was born in the only freestanding birth center in Colorado, and I can say from experience that this model of care is exceptional. Families even came from out of state to receive this service. Midwives help educate and prepare low-risk women for the natural process of childbirth in a home-like setting that is unlike any hospital. I am appalled that Hardin Memorial Hospital, Flaget Memorial Hospital and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center are opposed to the birth center. 

Shouldn’t it be our right to choose how we birth our children, not the hospitals’?

We were pregnant with our second son when we moved to Kentucky and were hopeful to see a birth center might be on the horizon. I am afraid this is a case where the commonwealth doesn’t know what it’s missing and it would be wise to foster this kind of commonsense health care that lowers costs and has excellent outcomes for moms and babies.

Sarah Rector