Birthing center location in Winfield gets city approval

Plans for a birthing center in Winfield at a former

group home got the green light from the Winfield City Commission this week.

Commissioners granted a conditional use permit to Tarena Sisk to use the house at 1726 Chicago Ave., as a women’s birth center, health and family wellness clinic within an “R-1” low density residential district. 

Mayor Greg Thompson and commissioner Phil Jarvis voted in favor of the permit. Commissioner Ron Hutto was absent.

Sisk, 41, is a a certified nurse-midwife with Sunflower OB-Gyn in Winfield. 

The one-story property on Chicago Avenue, built in 1997, is owned by the Easterseals Capper Foundation. It is still listed on realtor.com as for sale. 

Sisk could not be reached for comment Friday. Her earlier plans were to use the former Iron Gate Inn property (also know as the Baden house) at 1203 E. 9th Ave. for a birthing center.

She received permission from the commission to operate there, but discovered that the state requires that all birthing facilities must be on the ground floor, and so turned her sights elsewhere.

Sisk made an offer to buy a former group home owned by the Easterseals Capper Foundation at the Chicago Avenue location, contingent on financing.

That house is already ADA compliant and would meet licensing requirements, Sisk said in an earlier story. 

The Winfield Planning Commission had to approve the change in the zoning regulation for the house before it could issue a conditional use permit and send it to the commission for its approval.

Sisk also has a Kickstarter campaign, trying to raise $25,000 toward the birth center, with $866 pledged as of Friday.

Having more money to put toward closing would make a big difference, Sisk said.

And not having to spend money on making the house compliant would allow more spending on making it beautiful for clients, she added.

Along with offering clients a home-birth setting close to the hospital, the facility will also offer space for classes, meetings and other events.

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