Like all great achievements in Australian history, the road upon which midwifery campaigning has travel has been fraught with ‘campaign casualties.’ While there have been many gains, there have also been substantial losses and the line between the two is often grey. Although we have come a long way in raising awareness of the need for and benefits of equitable midwifery in Australia, most will probably agree the journey has been exhausting.
There is still much to be done to secure genuine rights to choice for women, as well as the right to a gentle birth for both babies and their mothers. This section of our site aims to explore all we have achieved and all that is yet to be done, as well as providing food for thought and reflection as we plan for the next wave in midwifery campaigning.
We welcome your article suggestions for inclusion in this section of our site. Please email your submissions to Jane
Midwifery Campaigning Resources and Articles
Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?
In this public lecture, one of ten in the 2012 UTSpeaks series, Professor Caroline Homer explores the history of birth and the debate that rages today in regards to the importance of birth place and practices, women’s rights to choose, and the politics that drive public policy.
The determination governing collaboration for private practice midwives has changed – It’s about time
Ministers recommended an extension of the professional indemnity insurance exemption for privately practising midwives until June 2015, enabling midwives providing homebirth services to have assurance that they would not be forced to abandon women or face prosecution for violating registration requirements.
Are we there yet?
Australian College of Midwives Presidents report September 2010 on national maternity reform and the impact on midwifery services. "Are we there yet?" in relation to the past exhausting two years of maternity reform; the last tedious ten years of lobbying for maternity reform; the last painful twenty years of writing and arguing for maternity reform; or perhaps the last slow and repetitive three hundred years of oppression, revolution and renewed oppression and revolution.
Midwives Made History November 1st 2010
What a year, what a win, what a moment in history for Midwives! It is wonderful to be able to close the pages of 2010 knowing we have taken one giant leap for women and midwives and only because we took that leap alongside women and midwives.