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Bashi Hazard Champions the Rights of Women in an Open Letter to RANZCOG

Bashi Hazard
Bashi Hazard and her three beautiful children
While hospitals make claim to state-of-the-art facilities and the highest standards of patient care, many women leave these same facilities feeling broken and violated, the victims of birth trauma. While a relatively new term, rejected by many in the medical community, birth trauma has been linked to postnatal depression, anxiety, and feeding and bonding issues.
 
Bashi Hazard, like many Australian women, has experienced firsthand the effects of birth trauma and the pressure that can be placed upon labouring women by medicos and hospital staff to submit to medical interventions. Her story, detailed in a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald and personally presented at the University of Western Sydney's Place of Birth Conference 2012, is made more disheartening by the reality that its contents are not uncommon events for women. 
 
Some women are aware of the risks and potential benefits of these interventions and, backed by their support people, make a stand during labour against intervention. However women who are ill-formed, and lack the support of knowledgeable and objective professionals, often find themselves railroaded by scaremongering into decisions for which they lack sufficient knowledge to make informed consent. 
 
Championing the cause for Australian women Bashi Hazard, an Australian consumer lawyer and mother of three, has written an open letter to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) in response to their claim in September 2012 that women are responsible for the high rates of medical intervention in birth. 
 
Bashi seeks for all Australian women the provision of written information and an opportunity to discuss all policies, procedures, protocols, practices and pervading opinions relating to the care of labouring and birthing women within their chosen hospital and by their chosen practitioner. Only empowered with this knowledge, the opportunity for objective discussion, and the time to consider and make decisions prior to labour and birth can women truly make ‘informed consent’ about their care during labour and birth.
 
Likeminded women can show their support by adding their name to Bashi Hazard’s open letter to RANZCOG, as well as adding a personal story if they wish.

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Margaret Lee
Mar 5, 2015 1:15am [ 1 ]

Dear Bashi, I have been given your name by a practising midwife on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. I am writing to you because I would like to know more about your work as an advocate for childbearing women and midwives. I am an Australian educated RN and midwife. I have practised all my life in Vancouver Canada, 20 years of clinical practise and 20 years as a Perinatal Unit administrator. I have a BSN, Masters of Midwifery and I am currently a law student at Griffith University in Queensland. I am studying part time and I am halfway through my degree, LLB. I have a long history of activism in my midwifery practise, the most significant achievement being the active role I played in helping to establish independent midwifery practice in British Columbia. One of the areas I would like to explore with you is my continuing studies of law and whether there are electives that I could take that would specifically prepare me for a role that would position me to advocate for childbearing women and midwives in Queensland. If you thought I could be of an assistance to you I would be happy to do so. I would be happy to send you my CV if would have an interest in it. I have enjoyed reading the postings on line.

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