Women to protest maternity reforms

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... women will rally ... to protest the ... government's maternity services reforms.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon ... announced that Labor would amend draft laws before parliament to make it clear ... midwives could only access the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme if they worked in collaboration with a doctor.

The Australian Private Midwives Association is concerned the requirement will make ... midwives beholden to doctors.

"Placing one profession at the complete mercy of another ... makes a mockery of professional regulation in this country," ... "Many choices such as homebirth ... may be lost if doctors do not form ... agreements with midwives."

Homebirth Australia ... said the government was trying to make homebirths an "administrative impossibility" for women.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448