Tara Lemana

Wellington, New Zealand

Tara is a New Zealand artist and musician. Her primary visual medium is photography, sometimes combined with other media into mixed media...

Home Birth to be Outlawed in Australia!!!?!?!?!

I was absolutely appalled to hear that Australia’s government is BANNING home births as of next year, to the point where a midwife who attends a home birth will face up to 7 years in prison. This move is an infringement of women’s rights, not to mention counteractive to positive birth experiences for many women. I find it shocking that a government of a so-called civilised country could be so backwards as to go from active discouragement of home birth (as they do now, asif that wasn’t bad enough!) to imposing prison sentences on people for choosing a birth option that is safe and by far the most natural option available to them. I fail to see what right any government has to dictate where a woman gives birth when their medical professional deems it safe for them to give birth where they choose.

If you live in Australia and wish to support the right of Australian women to have a say in how and where they give birth, please go to http://www.savehomebirth.com.au/ to find out how you can help.

Thanks.

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