Happy New Year to all who read my blog. I hope that 2012 was a great year and that 2013 will be even better! I think that for birthing and midwifery, 2013 will be a year of major change. I hope that visiting rights come to NSW, enabling women to birth in public and private hospitals under the care of their chosen private midwife, complete with Medicare and private health funding. I am also sure that 2013 will be the first year that most of the eligible midwives will be able to prescribe: a first for Australia.
For women, this will all mean improved access to private midwifery care, hospital birth with a chosen private midwife and greater continuity of care.