Greens fight moves to restrict homebirths
The Australian Greens will continue to support midwives and a mothers' right to choose a homebirth.
"We are alarmed that Federal Government legislation undermines the ability of midwives to be able to provide support for mothers who decide to have a homebirth," said Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
"The Greens will be moving amendments once the legislation is introduced next week, to ensure that colaborative arrangements don't give doctors a power of veto over a midwives ability to practice.
"We share the concerns of midwives that the Government amendments to their own Midwives legislation are unnecessary and impose a too restrictive regime over midwives.
"We believe the proposed changes don't address the needs of many Australian women who make the choice to give birth outside the hospital system, and we will continue to fight for greater choice and less interventionist maternity care," Senator Siewert concluded.
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