Basically the goverment is not allowing insurance for midwives who attend homebirths......also it is not allowing them registration unless they have insurance...so without actually saying it, as of mid 2010 it will be illegal for a midwife to attend a home birth (ie illegal as in jail time would be not out of the question). Which, really, is just plain ridiculous.
So what do we need to do?
You can do two things about this, each will take you only a couple of minutes:
1. Sign this online petition (takes a couple of minutes) http://www.homebirthaustralia.org/sites ... -midwifery
2. Write an email (or even better letter) to Nicola Roxon and your MP, stating that this is unnacceptable. I'll post a copy of the letter I wrote so you can use this for ideas. It doesn't take long, yet makes a big difference. Her email is: Nicola.Roxon.MP@aph.gov.au
We have to stand up for this!