New legislation in Australia that requires all midwives to be insured may make home birth illegal and inaccessible.
Under the draft Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, released last week, a midwife cannot be registered unless she has insurance.
But with insurance companies and the Government so far refusing to include homebirths in the indemnity scheme, midwives will face being de-registered if they attend a homebirth.
This is really terrible and this insurance squeeze often effectively makes midwifery illegal/inaccessible in the US too.
It’s a shame that they are trying to make it even more difficult for women to deliver how and where they want. People will still have children at home regardless but with much more risk.