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Informed decision making as a human right.
Being able to make decisions about what happens to our bodies is a basic human right — it goes to an individual’s fundamental autonomy, dignity and bodily integrity, as reflected in article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “everyone has the right to life, [...]

Posted by My Birth news on October 16th, 2012 in Blog

The following hospitals have won the annual My Birth Awards for the highest intervention rates in New South Wales.
These statistics come from the annual NSW Mothers and Babies Report (2009). Download here.
What are your chances of having a natural birth at your local hospital? Check the statistics of your local hospital here.
HIGHEST EMERGENCY CAESAREAN RATE [...]

Posted by My Birth news on June 17th, 2012 in Blog

Take Action during the Federal Election to protect women’s birth choices.

Tell your Federal election candidates that you want them to remove the doctor’s veto over women’s access to Medicare for midwives. Ask them if they will commit to doing this if elected.
Tell your candidates that you want them to protect women’s rights to [...]

Posted by My Birth news on August 6th, 2010 in Blog

On International Midwives Day Greens MP and health spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Premier Kristina Keneally to ensure that a significant amount of the Rudd health money earmarked for NSW is used to boost the numbers of midwives.
“Ms Keneally should be a strong backer of maternity reform as increasing the number of midwives and [...]

Posted by My Birth news on May 5th, 2010 in Blog

New Era of Reform to Provide Australian Women with Choice.
As they celebrate International Day of the Midwife this Wednesday 5 May, Australian women and midwives are poised on the brink of a new era in maternity reform. Promised changes, due to take effect in November 2010, should, for the first time, enable women to choose [...]

Posted by My Birth news on May 2nd, 2010 in Blog

By Lilea Propadalo (Edited version published in the Newcastle Herald)

Who would have thought that after all these decades that women would be fighting for essential rights again?  I certainly didn’t.  We have had a government that has promoted Midwifery care for women and Paid Maternity Leave….it seemed so promising.
Unfortunately, it was all a farce.  [...]

Posted by My Birth news on March 5th, 2010 in Blog

Birth Choices Expo’s aim is to make information about pregnancy, birth & parenting more accessible so that you can make the right choices for you & your baby and experience the joy of parenting, just as you always dreamed!
You will have the opportunity, in a relaxed atmosphere, to meet with:
* Independent Midwives
* Birth Centre Midwives
* [...]

Posted by My Birth news on March 1st, 2010 in Blog

I’ve called on the Rudd Government to ensure that midwives and nurse practitioners have the right to practice without medical veto from another profession. I’m currently preparing amendments to the Government’s bills if the Government doesn’t change its position.
Midwives and nurse practitioners have been told they can access the MBS and be given the opportunity [...]

Posted by My Birth news on February 19th, 2010 in Blog

Join the Facebook group to get involved in organising or leave a message of support.
What will it take for Kevin Rudd to listen to women, and put the needs of Australian families ahead of the Australian Medical Association?
OUR Bodies, OUR Babies, OUR Right to decide Kevin Rudd – it is not YOUR right to decide [...]

Posted by My Birth news on February 19th, 2010 in Blog

Campaign Tools – Events – Facebook – Register – Campaign so far
Women around Australia have been shocked and dismayed at the Rudd Government’s continued refusal to recognise their new maternity ‘reforms’ will remove Australian women’s fundamental human right to choose where and how she gives birth.
DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE (PDF) 14 rallies across Australia, thousands [...]

Posted by My Birth news on February 7th, 2010 in Blog
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