Women warn they'll risk birth without midwives

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MANY future mothers say they will give birth at home without any medical assistance if proposed changes to maternity services proceed.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon ... has introduced a Bill that means doctors would have the power to veto a midwife's involvement in births. Self-employed midwives say this would stop them being able to help with home births.

Almost one in three respondents to an online survey ... said they would find an alternative way to birth at home, even if that meant "freebirthing" - without a ... midwife.

The Government is saying `You can have your home birth, but not with a registered health professional'," ... "There have been some shocking outcomes from unassisted home births, but some will just do it." ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448