HOMEBIRTH: WHAT’S THE CRIME?
Homebirther one day, criminal the next. How is that possible?
RALLY FOR HOMEBIRTH
7 SEPTEMBER 2009
In July 2010 homebirth and independent midwifery will become illegal under currently proposed legislation. A $30,000 fine will be the penalty for an attending midwife and the woman who seeks to hire her.
The right to choose how and where we birth is vital to the wellbeing of Australian women, our families and communities.
If we lose that basic right, what will be targeted next?
The Federal Government has conveniently ignored the fact that over half of the responses to the Maternity Services Review advocated for more accessible homebirth services including publically funded homebirth.
The legislation bars midwives from attending homebirths by implementing a national registration of health professionals and the conditions of compulsory registration (insurance requirements) exclude midwives. Professional indemnity insurance is not available to midwives.
Subdivision 6 General
148 Directing or inciting unprofessional conduct or professional misconduct
(1) A person must not direct or incite a registered health practitioner to do anything, in the course of the practitioner’s practice of the health profession, that amounts to unprofessional conduct or professional misconduct.
(a) in the case of an individual—$30,000, or
(b) in the case of a body corporate—$60,000. .
101 Conditions of registration
(1) If a National Board decides to register a person in the health profession for which the Board is established, the registration is subject to the following conditions:
(a) for a registered health practitioner other than a health practitioner who holds non-practising registration:
(i) that the registered health practitioner must complete the continuing professional development program required by the National Board, and
(ii) that the registered health practitioner must not practise the health profession unless professional indemnity insurance arrangements are in force in relation to the practitioner’s practice of the profession,
GUIDE TO THE EXPOSURE DRAFT OF THE HEALTH PRACTITIONER REGULATION NATIONAL LAW 2009
Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
Join women and men from across Australia who care about the future of birth to speak out for the rights of all Australian women to choose how, where and with whom they birth.
RALLY FOR HOMEBIRTH
7 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE
What are people saying about this attack on human rights?
There will also be a penalty for “inciting unprofessional conduct”, of up to $30 000. One can only assume that this could apply to pregnant women who beg their midwife to attend their homebirth. Homebirth just got a whole lot more expensive. What about women who accidentally or ‘accidentally’ happen to be having a precipitous birth as the midwife arrives for a routine checkup? Perhaps women need to prepare to have their home declared a crime scene should such a thing eventuate – especially if something goes wrong, through nobody’s negligence but just by chance.
Even if you view homebirth as something that only affects a minority of women, is this the kind of society you want your daughters to grow up in? One which forces them to subject to government control over their basic human right to choose where and with whom they give birth? Do we really want them to submit to a “just lie down and open your legs like a good girl because we’re doing what is best for you” paradigm?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Read more at the following;
Sign the petition here.
How to contact politicians here.
Join the forums to become part of the ground swell needed to overturn this attempt to criminalise women.
What’s the crime?