HBAC - HOMEBIRTH SECTION
, Jul 07 2011 02:18 PM
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 02:18 PM
I opened my emails this afternoon to find an email from the ACM that some may find interesting (especially since it has to do with CB's midwife.
The Australian College of Midwives has been made aware of considerable discussion taking place on social media sites during the last week in relation to a midwife from Western Australia who is currently under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Due to the NMBA requirements around confidentiality in these matters, the identity of the midwife, details of the notification made concerning the midwife’s practise and the investigation/actions of the NMBA have been unknown to the ACM until the start of this week, when the midwife herself approached the ACM for support.
While the ongoing investigation by the NMBA remains confidential the ACM has received confirmation that the case involves a VBAC at home and that the midwife was reported to the NMBA by a hospital in Western Australia.
At this point in time the ACM has not been approached by the NMBA or the legal representatives of the Midwife to provide formal advice around this investigation however, the ACM position on homebirth remains that;
Women have the right to choose where and how they wish to give birth. In Australia, the majority of women will choose to give birth in a hospital or birth centre. Some women will choose to birth at home. Whatever place of birth a woman chooses, a women and her family have the right to expect that the care she receives is provided by appropriately skilled attendants and is safe.
It is the position of the Australian College of Midwives that homebirth is an appropriate place of birth for women considered to be at low obstetric risk, and that women must be supported in safe, planned homebirth, by midwives with adequate access to support, advice, and referral and transfer mechanisms.
This position supports the use of the National Competency Standards for the Midwife, the Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia, the Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia, the Australian College of Midwives National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (“the Guidelines”) and the NHMRC Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care as the appropriate resources for guiding midwives in their practice.
In Australia, registered midwives are responsible and accountable professionals who provide support, care and advice to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period which is in accordance with the International Definition of a Midwife. As stated in this definition, such midwifery care can be provided in any setting, including the home.
The ACM Board of Directors is meeting on the 22nd July and the issue of VBAC at home (HBAC) is on the Agenda for further discussion.
I really do hope that something positive comes out of the Board of Directors meeting. Won't be holding my breath though...
Posted 07 July 2011 - 02:31 PM
ACM needs their whole board replaced (well the ones who support this rubbish) ... I think they are about to find that consumers are NOT happy (and many midwives as well)
Posted 07 July 2011 - 02:42 PM
I have also been sending emails. I also got a reply similar to what you got.
I do hope there is a good outcome.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:12 PM
This whole situation is still frustrating the hell out of me, its been a month and we still have no answers, either way. My midwife has definitely been restricted now (she only had proposed restrictions before, hence why she could attend my birth, luckily).
I'm so thankful my partner has seen how easy birth is for me, and its not the big scary thing he imagined, and has said we will hire a lay midwife, if thats not available to us we can UC.
I would still much prefer to have my MW there
Posted 31 July 2011 - 07:51 PM
haven't the college contacted you after their meeting on 22?
Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:21 PM
Nope, they haven't contact me or anyone else. Ridiculous.
Posted 05 August 2011 - 09:34 AM
I got this response yesterday,
Interim Homebirth Position Statement
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) has today published the ACM Interim Homebirth Position Statement on the ACM website. The interim statement was developed utilising a literature review and review of current international and national documentation and statements in relation to homebirth.
The interim statement has undergone considerable targeted consultation with Australian Nursing Federation, Australian Private Midwives Association, Australian Society of Independent Midwives, Homebirth Australia, Maternity Coalition, Mediprotect, Midwives Australia, MIGA, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and all Australian Governments.
The interim position statement is published along with Interim Guidance for Privately Practising Midwives and the homebirth literature review.
It is the position of the Australian College of Midwives that home is an appropriate place of birth for women considered to be at low obstetric risk, and that women must be supported in safe, planned homebirth, by midwives and/or other appropriately qualified and regulated health professionals with adequate access to support, advice, and referral and transfer mechanisms.
The Australian College of Midwives supports the use of the National Competency Standards for the Midwife, the Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia, the Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia, the Australian College of Midwives National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (“the Guidelines”) and the NHMRC Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care as the appropriate resources for guiding midwives in their practice.
In consideration of the targeted consultation and the timeframes for the development of the interim position statement, further comment is now sought on both the interim position statement and the interim guidance for privately practising midwives by close of business 23rd September 2011.
Send submissions by email to email@example.com or by post to PO Box 87, Deakin West ACT 2600. Only submissions with identified senders and a return address will be considered.
I urge you to take the time to review and comment on both interim statements to ensure the best evidenced position is adopted.
All I can really say is that I'm very dissapointed
Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:48 PM
I got this response yesterday,
All I can really say is that I'm very dissapointed
You're not the only one ... there are consumers out there who are fuming. ACM are VERY out of touch with the home birth consumers and have created their own little silo where they are making rules that suit them. Consumers won't have it though, we will continue to buck the system!
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