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Our Bodies, Our Babies, Our Rights – protest on Thursday

By 16 February 2010 49

Last time I posted about birth politics, there was a lot of discussion… so I thought you might like to know about this event.

This isn’t about homebirth vs hospitals, or doctors vs midwives. It’s about women having the right to choose their own healthcare provider.

If I have a sore back, I don’t have to ask a doctor’s permission before I visit a chiropractor. If my baby isn’t sleeping well at nights, I don’t have to ask a doctor’s permission before I go to a child health nurse for advice or referral to other services. If I want my pregnancy terminated in first trimester, I have the right to make that choice without a doctor being able to veto it. So if a normal, healthy woman wants to see a private midwife (which she will pay extra for), why does she have need a doctor’s approval?

This doesn’t happen in New Zealand, the UK or Canada – so why are Australian women not considered smart enough or trustworthy with the nation’s future population to choose their own healthcare provider?

Flame retardant suit on – fire at will.

Do you think Australian women, not Kevin Rudd should make decisions about their own healthcare? If so come and support us at 10am on Thursday 18 February outside Senator Kate Lundy’s office, Ground Floor of Law Society Building, 11 London Circuit, Canberra. This is part of a National Day of Action, with events around Australia.

Join the Facebook Group. Visit the MyBirth website for Campaign tools & Event details
– posters to download and distribute, banners for your website/blog and register to be notified of upcoming events in your area.

When having a baby do you want to make choices about your health care?

New reforms introduced by the Rudd Government were meant to increase support to women, giving them the option of choosing a midwife to care for them.

Many women have said they would love this care, especially because the care would come from one midwife from early pregnancy, through labour and birth and up to six weeks after the birth. The best part being, many midwives provide home visits! Pure Luxury.

Many Mums think this care is long overdue!

Enter the problem! The Australian Medical Association has decided that women will only be able to choose midwifery care if a Doctor agrees. This means if a doctor is not prepared to support the local midwives, then women will not have access to care. This also affects women in regional Australia and indigenous communities, who already have limited access to healthcare choices, because it is much harder for doctors and midwives to maintain good professional relationships when they are hundreds of kilometres away from each other.

We believe while women may seek advice and support from their doctor that ultimately they have the right to make decisions about their bodies.

There are events running in every State so spread the word!

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Anna Key 9:45 pm 25 Feb 10

This doesn’t happen in New Zealand, the UK or Canada – so why are Australian women not considered smart enough or trustworthy with the nation’s future population to choose their own healthcare provider?

And Australia’s infant mortality rate is lower than all three of those countries

Anna Key 9:39 pm 25 Feb 10

emd said :

Punkmunkey, I was the organiser of the protest rally. I’m also a mother of three babies born by elective caesarean for medical reasons, under the care of a private obstetrician. I organised the rally because the choice of where and with whom their baby is born should be an informed choice made by the families involved, not dictated by government passing laws that make one of those choices (private midwifery) illegal for the care providers. It’s not OK for any group – hospital birthers or homebirthers – to pass judgement on the choices made by others. I do not judge women who have elective caesareans for whatever reason, I just want to keep the options open for all women.

It’s not illegal. Just delivery by uninsured midwives is illegal. Like the delivery by an ununinsured obstetrician would be illegal, irrespective of qualifications. If private midwifery birth is so safe, why won’t any insurance company offer coverage? Because they know the risk is significantly higher. And remember, they don’t give a damn about moral judgements, just whether there is a profit to be had

emd 4:21 pm 23 Feb 10

Punkmunkey, I was the organiser of the protest rally. I’m also a mother of three babies born by elective caesarean for medical reasons, under the care of a private obstetrician. I organised the rally because the choice of where and with whom their baby is born should be an informed choice made by the families involved, not dictated by government passing laws that make one of those choices (private midwifery) illegal for the care providers. It’s not OK for any group – hospital birthers or homebirthers – to pass judgement on the choices made by others. I do not judge women who have elective caesareans for whatever reason, I just want to keep the options open for all women.

Hells_Bells74 10:09 am 23 Feb 10

+ I was also booked for C-sections for the day after my due date for the natural births, phew, lucky they respect time more than me, both arriving on due day 🙂

Hells_Bells74 10:02 am 23 Feb 10

Punkmunkey – I too had two c-sections, both elective on paper. But at 20 (first) and 22 years old respectively and both of them being in the breech position they were fairly needed.

Child abuse… Never! More like not wanting to put your child’s life in danger.

I then went on to have two natural births (when they finally took the monitoring equipment off me), no drugs and no hassles, although, my choice I have no dramas either way, do what’s considered best in your mind.

For my natural births, I barely saw a doctor after the initial monitoring and felt I would have loved to have been having these kids at home. But alas, no choice for previous caeser section patient.

They just love making their mark in the world, our children!

cleo 12:30 am 23 Feb 10

Doesn’t matter if you have a private specialist, you may still get a midwife, or you are in a private hospital and they expect complications, then the specialist will be there. I have never had any problems, with the midwifes in hospital, but would never see a GP through pregnacey, bad experience.

Punkmunkey 12:24 am 23 Feb 10

I find it a tad bit hypocritical that home-birthers feel hard done by, when people like me who have had 2 C-sections in wonderful Calvary Hospital (1 emergency, 1 planned) – i have been called A CHILD ABUSER because i had C-sections. I was a young girl, alone and with a baby and when mothers group comes around i have some militant woman who says because some woman squatted in a field 100 years ago i should too – it even didn’t matter to them that i can’t actually give birth – i do not dilate and me and my child can die – so i do what is best for us and go to a doctor. If you want people to be nice to you and listen to your point of view maybe those of you who do these kinds of things should change into people actually worth listening to?

Plus i love my doctor; he is the sweetest little Asian man yay Dr Tang

cleo 11:13 pm 21 Feb 10

Knuckles

That’s what my husband used to say to me, until he was with me while giving birth to my second child, he fainted, so after that I said don’t ever say that to me again, he never did lol. I think it’s much safer to deliver in hospital, 99% of the time nurses deliver the babies.

vg 9:19 pm 21 Feb 10

“Whereas in our hospital system, you turn up to have a baby and you are stuck with whatever scary battleaxe midwife happens to be on, who has already had a bad day, and was hoping for a quiet night, and just wish you would p*ss off.”

Not if you’re not a tight arse and have private insurance. Met most of our medical staff before birth and the one’s we didn’t were the height of professionalism

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