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Local Radio And Midwifery

Would you prefer this?

Would you prefer this?

891 morning show with David Bevan and Matthew Abraham often mention maternity, even doing a newest listener slot with a new born baby. They have covered everything from being at the Hilton to the wonderful world of caesarian but I have never really heard them ask for a real midwifery point of view. By that I mean the college of midwives or (heaven forbid) a midwife!

This morning started with the usual letter from listener who cannot access a midwife for antenatal care in Mount Barker. This is not exactly true because you can access an independent midwife but if we are just talking public services there aren’t any at Mount Barker, the only service available is a Private Ob or Private GP Ob.

They interviewed Prof Robinson from the Clinical networks, he provided no real information on midwifery and the ANF, who’s brief statement included “we support midwifery care”. Nobody asked for a midwifery opinion or that of the College of midwives. Why they would ask the ANF and not ACM I don’t know.

Or this?

Or this?

The topping was the AMA who voiced their claim that the New Zealand model of care has promoted higher mortality. This is not true and has already been shown to be AMA touting misrepresentation to try and stop the maternity review. The actual problems they have with the maternity review as outlined in a letter to it’s members from Christine Tibbet is that they will have a loss of GP Obstetricians (that are not required anyway) and potential loss of income and status. They have no actual evidence on their claims of outcomes and this has been refuted by the New Zealand college of Midwives. How and why are the AMA allowed to get away with such terrible slander on a public station.I have found that Matt and Dave are medically slanted when it comes to maternity and bias in a very uninformed way. Shame on them.

After trying to get on the phone to call in and failing I got in touch with others from the college here who in turn contacted the station. You can now hear Hannah Dahlin the official spokes person from the ACM talking tomorrow at 10.30.