Sunday, July 5, 2009

Inquiry into Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009 and two related Bills

Senate Inquiry

As we have been pointing out on this blog and elsewhere, the exclusion of homebirth from the government's current group of health practitoner reforms has potentially disastrous consequences for the public, restricting women's choice without any valid reason, and exposing some mothers and babies to the dreadful choice of proceeding to give birth at home without a midwife in attendance. Furthermore, midwives are being deprived of our ability to earn a living.

We need ALL midwives, consumers, and members of the public to sincerely plead that the Senate of the Parliament of Australia use it's power to force amendment of the relevant Bills before the House to enable midwives to provide private services to women in their communities, including homebirth.

Submissions Close 20 July.

A one page letter stating why you believe women should be able to employ a midwife privately for planned homebirth is enough. Please click on the link above for more information about the process of making submissions to a Senate Inquiry.

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