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 The home birth rally in Canberra got a whole four paragraphs in the Age. I don't think I've ever *seen* a story that short in the Age. Lame.

Date: 2009-09-08 12:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] damien_wise
Lately, that Age has gone from mediocre to pathetic.
FFS, yesterday's MX paid the issue more attention than that. It had a half-page interview with a midwife, explained why she doesn't feel she fits in with the hospital system, and compared Australian regulations with how they manage things in Scandinavia. Over there, home births are considered normal, and the hospital births are emergencies and high-risk cases.

It doesn't really affect me personally since I'm in no way keen to have kids, and that's giving me an impartial/objective point of view. The whole issue smacks of over-zealous bureaucracy, probably from a small/loud group pushing their political wheelbarrow (if only they put that much energy into making immunisation compulsory). Research and stats show it's safe and we have the skilled personnel to manage home births, so I don't see why it's a problem. It should be a matter of choice for the parents.

Date: 2009-09-08 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lintilla42
I think it's laziness more than anything else ... which in no way makes it right.
Seems to be that the view is that because only 5% of births in Australia are homebirths, this only affects a minority of people and is therefore not important enough to make a big deal of (along with what seems to be the assumption that one of the insurance companies would step in and just magically make everything OK even if the government failed to pay proper attention.) Of course, there is also the irony that of the system were such that women were better informed about how everything works, then that number would more than likely increase, but now, by making that option less attractive it becomes less likely, so self-fulling prophecy regardless of what really is in the best interests of the person at the coal face. But then, that's called politics isn't it?

Date: 2009-09-08 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] inspiral_rose
I saw that. And I totally think it was the (mostly male) eds saying "not a story" and someone with a brain saying "huge online interest, have to have SOMETHING".

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