Now I had this nice family blog already to go for today. But I have put it back to another day as something else has come to my attention that I feel NEEDS to be addressed.
By now, everyone knows how I feel about the new Health Reforms. *shudder*
But, I was told time and time again by 'People Apparently In the Know" (whom I refer to as The Back-Stabbers In The Dark) that this New Reform Was A Good Thing (yes, said in Capitals as well).
Well, here's the result of YOUR WONDERFUL REFORMS...
I will retell a woman's story for you that I was told today. I have her permission to do so. We'll Call her T.
T is pregnant currently with her babe, a Planned Home Birth with a Independent Midwife. Due to circumstances out of anyones control, her IM has to go interstate. Her IM is out of State for about 4 days and T is due approx the day after her IM gets back.
As part of these 'Wonderful New Reforms' you have to have a collaborative agreement with a Godperson....sorry, a OB/GP/Hospital in order to home birth with a Registered Midwife. This is to meet registration requirements, Insurance, etc.
So off T went to the local GP of her small town. Here is her transcript of the conversation between Herself and the GP...
Doc"Hello how are you"
Me "very well thank you"
Doc "How can I help you?"
Me "The reason I am comming to you so late in pregnancy is because I have been attending the midwives at the antenatal clinic but have recently decided to have a homebirth (NOT TRUE - PLANNED FROM START JUST DIDNT NEED TO SEE DOC), I have found a lovely midwife who supports homebirth and"
Doc (rudely interrupts) "I do not support homebirth"
This Dr had NO interest in knowing or hearing about T's history, her health, her reasons, NOTHING, but then went on the usual train of fear mongering, scare tactics and lies.
She left in tears.
So, this poor woman had to endure a Dr's own prejudices, his disregard of the Health Reforms, then unload on T a lot of mis-information and outright lies.
I don't know if he is simply behind the times and uninformed, or if he is truly that small-minded and ridiculous, but between you and me, a Dr who isn't up to date with Reforms and Medical Knowledge in his OWN field of Employment is a scary, dangerous Dr, IMO.
Then had the gall to charge her. (I wouldn't have paid myself)
Lets do a quick count here... have we YET to hear of ONE SINGLE COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT happening?
Have we heard of refused Collaborative Agreements?
It would be in the Hundreds by now.
So here's my (redundant) question...
How is this going to work?? If the Medical Community REFUSES to join in these Agreements, that means that Registered Independent Midwives will be UNABLE to WORK, therefore be Unable to support themselves and those women wanting Independent Home Births.
What...? No IM's doing Home Births?? How could this happen?? Surely the Government didn't MEAN this to happen??
Bullshit. In My Opinion, this is EXACTLY what the government wanted.
Because this is what the AMA wanted.
Just to add, T read this and commented the following;
Reading 'my story' is so much more devastating when put in perspective.... I'm just one individual being effected by this dictatorship - how very very sad. Clearly docs dont want to collaborate - whats in it for them?
I had no idea that his refusal would fell like such a personal attack on my intellegence, integrity and basic human rights - i was so unprepared for the shocking humiliation :/
Let the war continue - australia will catch up one day......