Although this article is from America, we can expect tis to transfer to Australia in just 19 days! That’s right, in just 19 days midwives will not be able to autonomously care for women who are planning VBACs. All women requesting a VBAC will have a consultation with an obstetrician and although the woman would have booked with her private midwife for private midwifery care, her ongoing care will be determined by the obstetrician. She can expect to see the obstetrician several times in her pregnancy, homebirth will be denied to her as an option and when in hospital, the obstetrician will determine the way the woman is cared for. Any non-compliance will be met with refusal of care.
Read on for the situation in Alaska. It’s coming to Australia in less than 3 weeks.
One thing that has been on my mind lately, is my inability to utilize the services of a midwife. Unfortunately, because I have had two cesareans, heck, even if I had only had one, I am not allowed to use a midwife for my pregnancy and birth in the state of Alaska. I know that I can do prenatal care through a midwife who has a backup, but they cannot do my actual labor and birth. They are subject to losing their license if they do accept me as a client.
I don’t know who is familiar with it, but if you look at the medical model of maternity care and the midwifery model, you’ll see that the outcomes of both models are drastically different, with the midwifery model being the more positive of the two.
And Alaska isn’t the only state that does this. A lot of them do … it’s ridiculous that women attempting VBACs are being denied access to midwifery care …