2 responses to “Insurance for Midwives”

  1. Anonymous

    I keep hearing that ACMI and friends believe there’s a secret deal between them and Roxon and that homebirth will be saved by being enshrined in loopholes. I don’t want my human rights dependant on a loophole and I don’t believe that a federal government needs to make secret deals with those who have no power anyway.

    Let’s just face up to the fact that ACMI would rather sell out women and independent midwives in order to look like they’re going to gain some kind of parity of treatment with doctors. I’ve heard all about how homebirthers are just some tiny whiny minority and there’s plenty of other woman-centred care models in this country but anyone with half a brain knows that’s utter crap.

    There’s homebirth, then there’s the rest. And while homebirth has some problems because of regulation and attacks on midwifery (about which MC and ACMI do well… um nothing??) it’s the closest thing we have to the kind of care women deserve and the kinds of jobs midwives should want if they’re really midwives and not obstetric nurses.

    I don’t know what can turn this around but lickarsing RANZCOG and the AMA all this time obviously isn’t really paying off for women even if it’s going to mean a small number of midwives can prescribe synto as nicely as a doctor does.

    Lord spare me from midwives like those!

    Whenever women (remember them, everyone?) are asked, way more than can currently access homebirth would love to have a homebirth. That would make homebirth a way more usual option. Women aren’t stupid and plenty of us have realised that hospital birth is slice’n'dice and no one in government gives a toss about us. Regardless of how many women do, would or might want a homebirth, the fact is that any of us can walk into a hospital and ask for a caesarean for no reason at all and get it despite the huge cost to the community.

    That’s what shows this is all about the power of doctors and that governments have no interest in providing women with appropriate care and services. Independent midwives and homebirthers aren’t getting representation in all this chair polishing that’s going on and thus it’s all morally bankrupt anyway.

  2. Liz

    Hi Lisa, I have been thinking about your post and what it means for independent midwives, while writing some stuff about midwifery for some study that I’m doing. It seems that we are heading for a similar situation as the US 20 years ago when much independent midwifery was outlawed/illegal or quasi-legal. Their Midwives Association of North America (MANA) is not connected to registration and is not disciplinary, but there for and by the midwives who operate by apprenticeship (and now also direct-entry) models of education and lots of suppport for practicing woman-led care and intuitive midwifery. Whereas CNM is another association of nurse-midwives, hospital trained. We have not had an official split like that here, and apart from the recent direct-entry training, most Australian midwives had nursing training before midwifery and certainly there has not been any apprenticeship type training. I am sure you know this already, my point is that maybe there needs to be mobilisation amongst midwives to create an organisation that supports what you and others are trying to do, like MANA or the Association of Radical Midwives in the UK? Especially if ACMI are not going to support you.