On August 10, the Standing Council on Health agreed to extend the current insurance exception until July 2013. Currently, midwives must have insurance that covers all aspects of their practice. For private midwives, insurance is available for pregnancy and postnatal care, but not for homebirth. There is an exemption to the requirement for insurance for a homebirth, and this was due to run out in July 2013. With no insurance product on offer, this would mean that private midwives would need to cease providing private homebirth care to women after July 2013.
Following the decision to extend the exemption, private midwives will be able to continue to provide homebirth care to women until July 2015.
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