Greens midwives report

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The Australian Greens are deeply concerned that a Commonwealth plan to effectively give doctors veto over the rights of midwives to practice will erode women's care choices.

“The Government amendments to their Midwives legislation are unnecessary and give doctors too much control over midwives practice” ... "... any requirement that midwives must work in formal collaborative arrangements with doctors as a condition of insurance will further restrict women's choices".

" ... the Midwives Bills do not address the needs of many Australian women who make the choice to give birth outside the hospital system, and we will continue to fight for greater choice and less interventionist maternity care. The amendments proposed by the Government further erode women’s choices ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448