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Mary Carol Akers Birth Centers Act is Pre-Filed for 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 19, 2020) – Parents planning for the birth of a child would have an additional option under legislation pre-filed by State Representative Jason Nemes for consideration during the 2021 Legislative Session. The measure, BR 274, proposes to exempt birthing centers from obtaining a certificate of need (CON), therefore eliminating unnecessary red tape that prevents licensed birthing centers from opening in Kentucky. Birthing centers would provide care during labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period under the supervision and…

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Obtaining a Birth Certificate & Social Security Card for Home Birth Babies

Updated September 12, 2020 Obtaining a birth certificate and social security number for your born at home baby is usually a simple process. In Kentucky, as of July 15, 2020 this process is completed through the state Office of Vital Statistics in Frankfort. Prior to this date, it was completed in each county through the Vital Statistics Registrar at the county health department. If your birth was attended by a licensed provider such as an LCPM, CNM, or a physician,…

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COVID-19 and Birth in Kentucky

The policies and realities in many hospitals across Kentucky and across the world are rapidly changing as these facilities work to deal with COVID-19. This has caused a great deal of uncertainty for birthing people. Here are a few resources for those birthing in Kentucky. Currently, our volunteers and other birth professionals are working rapidly to transmit a letter to all Kentucky birthing hospitals to urge them to continue to allow doulas. Doulas are not visitors. We are also planning…

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