What you can do to keep homebirth legal

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Hayhay
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What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:56 pm

Basically the goverment is not allowing insurance for midwives who attend homebirths......also it is not allowing them registration unless they have insurance...so without actually saying it, as of mid 2010 it will be illegal for a midwife to attend a home birth (ie illegal as in jail time would be not out of the question). Which, really, is just plain ridiculous.

So what do we need to do?

You can do two things about this, each will take you only a couple of minutes:

1. Sign this online petition (takes a couple of minutes)
http://www.homebirthaustralia.org/sites ... -midwifery

2. Write an email (or even better letter) to Nicola Roxon and your MP, stating that this is unnacceptable. I'll post a copy of the letter I wrote so you can use this for ideas. It doesn't take long, yet makes a big difference. Her email is: Nicola.Roxon.MP@aph.gov.au

We have to stand up for this!

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:58 pm

Here is the letter I wrote (well, the most recent one!). Please don't copy exactly, but feel free to use bits or let it inspire you to write your own! Really it only needs to be a brief 'allow midwives to have insurance to attend homebirths'.


Dear Ms Roxon,

I highly commend many of the changes that have been set since the maternity review. I applaud the provision of medicare provider numbers to midwives, as well as being able to claim medicare benefits for appointments with independent midwives.

However, the decision to effectively make it illegal for midwives to attend homebirths has me stumped. It is very reminiscent of big brother style scenarios. I feel it is an incredible step backwards on behalf of our country, which is supposed to be democratic and 'free'.

It will take away women's choice, deny families their preferred birthing experience, and cost the jobs of the independent midwives currently practising in Australia.

I urge you to either provide independent midwives with insurance to cover them in attending homebirths; or allow midwives to attend homebirths without insurance, as has currently been the case, and which, in itself, is really quite unnacceptable.

I think that anyone would be naive in believing that making it illegal for midwives to attend births at home would improve overall birthing outcomes. I know without doubt that many women would still choose to birth at home, and the absence of midwives would make this an increased risk for mothers and babies. I do not feel the need to point out the numerous studies which show that for low-risk pregnancies, homebirth is as safe as hospital birth.

I had a homebirth last year and without doubt it was an amazing and wonderous experience. If we have another child I would wish exactly the same birth. Not many mothers will talk about their births as 'amazing' and 'wonderous'.

Please rectify this situation immediately by allowing midwives to access insurance to cover them for homebirths.

Yours Sincerely,

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Shadowgirlau » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:00 pm

Good letter Hayley.

I've signed a petition this week to do with homebirths.

Kathleen
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby minnie » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:49 am

Hi Hayley,

I signed, and found it interesting the amount of signatures.

Vicki

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby greenfarmers » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:14 am

Done ....

Dear Ms Roxon,


In 1998 I was fortunate to birth at home in Brisbane - she was our second child, the first having been born in a progressive, world-renowned London birth unit. It was a peaceful, loving and inspiring end to a great pregnancy. At no time did we consider we needed to attend a hospital because we had the full support of two midwives and the hospital was on standby in case our birth did not progress as planned.

It is with great sadness that I now hear assisted home-births will become all but impossible from next year. This decision makes no sense, except if one becomes cynical and considers where the pressure might be coming from. As you are aware, home-births are legal in many other developed and developing countries in the world and statistically speaking adverse outcomes in what appear to be low-risk pregnancies are no worse than hospital births. Speaking from experience, living the the UK and the Netherlands, women are offered home-birth as an equal choice.

So why can Australia not "get it together"? When there was a problem with doctor's insurance, a solution was found. How come we cannot find a solution in this case too? I would be grateful if someone from your office could explain this to me.

For the record, even the present climate of midwives operating without insurance - a far from ideal situation - has led to a shortage. Without being in a circle of women having babies, I am still aware of a number in the past year who have birthed alone when there was no midwife available, rather than go to hospital. It is hard to see how there will be any home-birth midwives operating from mid next year - so what happens then? It's obvious - more women forced to go it alone with more risk to them and their babies. Is this really a situation we want?

If home-birth can be a viable option in many other developed countries, why can it not be here?

I look forward to hearing your answers.

Heidi Ross

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:10 pm

Thanks Kathleen, Vicki and Heidi....the more support the better. Its just so backward.....especially for a country that calls itseld progressive......

How many signatures were on there now Vicki?

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby rdtj04 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:20 pm

I have signed it also. My number was 2969483. Does that mean how many people???? Or is it just a code. Hope it is the number of people. That would be fantastic hey?
Cheers

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hausenview » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:27 pm

Hi Hayley,

I'm pretty sure that is one of the petitions i have already signed. Our midwife has sent us quite a few petitions to sign over the last few months, its hard to keep track of which ones we have done.

Will write an email now though, as you say, the more support the better :)

Jodi
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby minnie » Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:59 am

Hi Hayley,

How many signatures were on there now Vicki?


A lot more than for people trying to save our wildlife or the environment, that's for sure... Damaris's number would be what showed when I signed and no doubt it's growing.

Amazing how many people have signed for this issue, so things could turn around for home births.
:)
Vicki

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:59 pm

WOw a wonderful amount of signatures!

There is also a massive rally planned for september in Canberra. http://www.homebirthaustralia.org/mother-all-rallies
I'd love to go....it'd be a 5 day round trip though...so trying to work out logistics!

I am STILL trying to get an appointment with my MP - and I first asked a good 3 months ago! Apparently they will call back tomorrow. Again.

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hausenview » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:47 pm

Hi guys,

"Midwives who provide homebirths have been given a reprieve that will allow them to practise legally until 2012."

It may not be the indemnity insurance we were hoping for the midwives but at least it is a step in the right direction.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... ion=justin

Jodi
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:05 pm

Well this is possibly a step in the right direction for freedom of choice

Kathleen
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:15 pm

Hopefully Kathleen.

Cynical side of me thinks they're just putting it off and hoping the 'issue' will die down in the next couple of years..........why can't they just solve the problem now?

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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:55 am

why can't they just solve the problem now?


Why?
Because that would be too easy of course :lol:

Kathleen
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Mojojo » Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:16 pm

And of course... by postponing it now the people who would have to deal with it now won't have to deal with it at all, as they will no longer be in office.

At least there's a reprieve for a bit.
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Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Postby Hayhay » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:29 pm

So true Kathleen and Jo.......


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