Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Homebirthing update

Midwives who provide homebirths have been given a reprieve that will allow them to practise legally until 2012.

Under a new national registration scheme for doctors and nurses, homebirth midwives would not have been able to gain registration because they do not have indemnity insurance.

State and territory health Ministers today agreed to a two-year exemption from holding indemnity insurance for midwives attending homebirths.

But Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Government will not be providing indemnity insurance for homebirths.

"Of course there might be potential in the future when proper data is gathered for there to be more changes, but they won't be part of this maternity services budget package," Ms Roxon said.

"We have however ensured that women can make the choice if they're properly informed to still have a midwife attend to a home birth."


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