A draft of the letters is posted at this blog.
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The attached letter has been received in response to the MIPP letters to Box Hill and Angliss hospitals, which provide maternity services for women the Eastern and outer-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. This area, coincidentally, is also home to a considerable proportion of the midwives who are in private practice in Victoria.
Note that the hospitals are seeking legal clarification around the collaborative arrangements determination – “to make collaborative arrangements workable for everyone involved.”
Of course women planning homebirth and independent midwives can continue to use public hospitals as public patients for homebirth backup, but the option of a privately employed midwife who has clinical privileges in a hospital is a model of care that doesn’t exist in this country at present. It will take some courageous midwives, and the women who employ them, to be front runners.