Wednesday, August 12

standing up for a basic human right


Yes, grinning innanely, in love, just hours after birth and just a step away from my special patch of floor where i birthed the Bean.(doesnt look very beany...more like a watermelon! 11.5 pounds or 5.5kgs of watermelon at home-it can be done! lol)
If you have ever thought home birth was an option, ever thought there may be something to be gained, had, by birthing at home, if you've ever imagined another way, then take some action now and support your right, your partners right, your sisters right,your daughters right, your friends right, a womans right to birth how she needs too.

Laws are notoriously hard to overturn and impending policy change is about to make a womans choice to birth her children safely at home impossible through the mechanism of exhorbitant insurance by way of lack of government indemnity and the link between insurance and midwife registration. midwives will be able to attend homebirths as a 'guest' but will have no recourse to a legal and respectful hospital transfer if required. This blog post written by my last homebirth midwife tells it well.
Homebirth Australia is organising a rally in Canberra on September 7 at 11.30am if you can make it, but they have also come up with what i think is a stroke of genius for those who can't attend but want to show their support on the day; a virtual rally ticket where "your pledge of $25 goes towards the printing and assembling of your head shot and message, as well as towards our continuing campaign to keep homebirth with a midwife a viable option for Australian families” and your ugly mug can be placed on Parliament House lawns.This act will help try to keep Homebirth a legal and viable option for Australian women who choose another way to birth. Attend the rally or buy a ticket to have a virtual attendance. Imagine having a law that mandated you had to take all mammalian pets to the veterinary surgery for them to birth their young? Sounds crazy like that huh?

12 comments:

Julie said...

Woah! I thought my 9 pound bubs were hefty. Love the virtual ticket concept, I'm off now to sign up. I watched Q & A a couple of weeks with Nicola Roxton on the panel, and her (and one of the male panelists) opinion of homebirth made me want to vomit. No wonder we have the highest rate of elective c/s's and medical intervention...

Katrine said...

that's a beautiful photo kel, you look so serene

i find this all desperately upsetting. i see choosing where and with what support i birth as a basic human right and don't understand why our government would want to take this option away from women.

you probably already know, but just incase you don't, there is a sister rally in adelaide at 11am on the 7th sept at parliament house.

Katy said...

Even though, due to medical reasons, I had to go to hospital I do believe it is a womans/parents choice not a government choice in regards to home birth. I'm signing up for the virtual ticket!

Kel said...

whoohoo *hands out front and swinging my hips round and back again* you women rock! every body does count!

Jen said...

Love that photo of a skeptical B2 wtih placenta at arms length!!!

Kel said...

katrine- i had no idea. i will be there!

jen- its my all time fave that pic.

Katrine said...

excellent! now i'll know someone :)

Kel said...

great! I'll bring the bloke n the bean!and look out for you and have a cofee??

Katrine said...

sounds lovely!

Katrine said...

heres a link to the adelaide rally information.

http://sites.google.com/site/adelaidehomebirthrally/whatcanido-

Katrine said...

the adelaide rally has been canceled :(
from the facebook email:

Thank you to everyone who has shown support for the idea of The Sister of the Mother of All Rallies, our way in Adelaide to help keep homebirth with a registered midwife legal.

We have, however, been asked by the organisers of the Mother of All Rallies (the Canberra rally) to stop promoting a local event on the day, that instead we need as many people as possible to go to Canberra.

Whilst we are no longer working towards or promoting a local rally on the day, we are fully committed to the cause and urge everyone to either attend Canberra, or purchase a virtual attendance. More info here

www.homebirthaustralia.org

Again, thank you for your support.

Michelle and Jo

Kel said...

ahhh, ok . Thanks Katrine will post this to friends too. Thanks.