Midwives protest contracts with doctors

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... Academic midwifery ... researchers say [an] ... amendment ... that enforces collaborative arrangements on midwives will effectively hold the midwifery profession hostage to the whims of doctors ...

... Such an arrangement is unprecedented internationally, and would restrict midwife access and fragment care, says Professor Barclay.

“This can effectively institute medical control over individual women’s access to Medicare funded midwifery care,” she writes

... midwifery is strongly evidence based ... showing that outcomes for women receiving continuity of care from known midwives were better than for women who received fragmented care from multiple midwives and doctors.

“It is untenable that one professional unionised group has the potential to derail Australia’s long awaited maternity reforms,” concludes Professor Barclay.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448