Homebirth ban may create risk

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AN ONLINE poll has found huge opposition to draft Federal Government laws which would effectively ban homebirths and could lead to women choosing to freebirth.

The parenting social networking site BellyBelly.com.au found 94 per cent of the 400 respondents opposed the amended legislation ...

... 30 per cent of respondents said they would consider freebirthing - giving birth without medical assistance - if not allowed to choose their own midwife.

Under the Federal Government’s draft health practitioner regulation law, independent midwives could be deregistered unless they have private indemnity insurance.

So far, the government has failed to include homebirths in the indemnity scheme while insurance companies refuse to insure private midwives.

Proposed changes ... would also see midwives forced to work alongside obstetricians.

... “Women are very angry, passionate and strong-willed on this topic and feel that their rights as a woman are being threatened,” she said. “Many members commented that they are appalled that the government thinks it has the right to choose where and how they birth their babies.”

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448