Dear Prime Minister Rudd and Health Minister Roxon,
Most parties involved in debates about Australia's maternity system argue that birthing women need the presence of a medical professional during labour. The vast majority of Australian homebirthers have previously employed an independent midwife to attend to their medical needs during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period to ensure if anything goes wrong during their homebirth they have skilled hands at the ready. You have taken a bold step forward on behalf of these women, giving them them the final push they needed to embrace unassisted birthing and finally experience the true power of unhindered labour.
By finally passing the controversial midwives bill which will give doctors veto power over "independent" midwives and prevent the overwhelming majority of these midwives from practicing (thanks to an inability to access indemnity insurance for homebirths) you have turned hundreds of homebirthers into freebirthers.
A fellow freebirth advocate
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*ALP (for international readers) is the Australian Labour Party, the geniuses currently in power.