Topeka Birth and Women's Center closing in September

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Topeka-based women's health center plans to close its doors for good in just a few months.

The Birth and Women's Center posted onto Facebook Thursday that they will no longer be providing patient care after September 30.

In the the post, the center's owner, Jodi Blair, explained the center is no longer financially viable and they are having trouble finding enough Certified Nurse-Midwifes, because they can't pay as well.

"I want to express a big thanks to our amazing staff. We have a wonderful group of women who are very caring and committed. We are all sad to see this end," Blair said.

Saying the center "had... a positive influence on the community," Blair said it "helped change the way birth is viewed, seeing it more as a natural event than a crisis."

For care beyond the Sept. 30, the center says patients will have to find a new gynecologic or obstetric care. Medical records will be available until that day and Blair says they are trying to find a long term plan to make records available into October and beyond.

Patients who have paid cash for birthing care can get refunds, minus any provided prenatal care, Blair said. They are asking anyone who still owes the center money to make payments immediately. They will be collecting balances through the end of the year, but warn they will be handing any remaining account balances to a third-party for collections.

Back in February 2015, the state suspended the center's license for weeks while it investigated allegations it endangered the safety of some women and babies, under its previous owner.