With being overseas this posting is perhaps a little late (my apologies) and requires your urgent action. I urge you to please take the necessary time.

Homebirth is under threat in Australia with the Maternity Services Review report  proposing changes that will make it illegal for midwives to attend homebirths as of July 2010. We need signatures to save the midwives in private practice and get recognition for the wonderful work they do. Sign here: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/australianhomebirth?e

Background

Recently the federal government released the Maternity Services Review report (you may have seen the SBS Insight program dealing with the issues it raises.) The report proposes some promising reforms.  It could, if implemented in the most positive spirit, bring huge breakthroughs in many areas of maternity care.  

However, there is a dark side to the report.  The report proposes an end to women’s access to midwifery care for homebirth.  If the Report’s recommendations are followed, homebirth midwifery could become illegal in 2010 with the introduction of National Registration of health caregivers.
Kiannah was born at home with two private midwives, and now Urijah will follow suit. What the report proposes is that these midwives, as of next year will become practising illegally, minimising the choices to birth for women. I just shudder at the thought, as my research shows that homebirthing is just as safe (if not safer) than hospital births. It also means that many women might choose to birth at home without any care, or with midwives practising “underground”

For more info on the Maternity Services Review Report see attached document ” homebirth australia comment”.

We need as many people to SIGN THE PETITION BEFORE APRIL 1 2009. Below is a link to an online petition which will be presented to the Senate. Please follow the prompts to sign this if you haven’t already signed a hard copy.

Homebirth is under threat in Australia with the Maternity Services Review report  proposing changes that will make it illegal for midwives to attend homebirths as of July 2010. We need signatures to save the midwives in private practice and get recognition for the wonderful work they do. Sign here: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/australianhomebirth?e

Background

Recently the federal government released the Maternity Services Review report (you may have seen the SBS Insight program dealing with the issues it raises.) The report proposes some promising reforms.  It could, if implemented in the most positive spirit, bring huge breakthroughs in many areas of maternity care.  

However, there is a dark side to the report.  The report proposes an end to women’s access to midwifery care for homebirth.  If the Report’s recommendations are followed, homebirth midwifery could become illegal in 2010 with the introduction of National Registration of health caregivers.
Kiannah was born at home with two private midwives, and now Urijah will follow suit. What the report proposes is that these midwives, as of next year will become practising illegally, minimising the choices to birth for women. I just shudder at the thought, as my research shows that homebirthing is just as safe (if not safer) than hospital births. It also means that many women might choose to birth at home without any care, or with midwives practising “underground”

 

For more info on the Maternity Services Review Report see attached document ” homebirth australia comment”.

We need as many people to SIGN THE PETITION BEFORE APRIL 1 2009. Below is a link to an online petition which will be presented to the Senate. Please follow the prompts to sign this if you haven’t already signed a hard copy. https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/australianhomebirth?e

If you prefer to send in a letter to Minister Roxon and Catherine King there are letter templates attached template for you to print off. Please feel free to use them as a guide and add your own comments, or send as is.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS THIS WEEK.

The opportunity for the community to respond to this report closes on the 1st of April.

 

If you prefer to send in a letter to Minister Roxon and Catherine King there are letter templates attached template for you to print off. Please feel free to use them as a guide and add your own comments, or send as is.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS THIS WEEK.

The opportunity for the community to respond to this report closes on the 1st of April.

 

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