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Write a press release for your local media

Want to get the issue of birth into your local media? How about putting together a press release for your local paper about the intervention rates at your local hospital.

extraHere is some suggested text for your press release:

A Report Card for Our Local Hospital: Mums concerned about the rate of birth intervention at [name of local hospital]

[Place and Date]: Local mums are concerned about the rates of interventions during births at [Name of Hospital]. A comparison on of freely available statistics compares the intervention rates of hospitals across Australia, and revealed that …… (If your State’s Health Department does not publicly release hospital specific statistics ask why you do not have access to this information?)

Tip #1: How about you check out the local hospital statistics and add it into your press release?
Check your local hospital statistics here.

Local women are concerned that rates of intervention in births will increase if the Medicare for Midwives Bill passes through the Senate. This bill will effectively give doctors veto rights over women’s birth choices.

The Government has remained unmoved by protests happening around the country in response to the legislation concerning changes to the provision of maternity services.  Why aren’t they listening to us?

On 23 November 2009, the Senate again referred the Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009 and two related Bills, together with the Government’s proposed collaborative arrangements amendments, to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry.

The committee will consider whether the consequences of the Government’s amendments for professional regulation of midwifery will give doctors medical veto over midwives’ ability to renew their licence to practice, and whether the Government’s amendments’ influence on the health care market will be anti-competitive. They will also consider whether the Government’s amendments will create difficulties in delivering intended access and choice for Australian women, and why the Government’s amendments require ‘collaborative arrangements’ that do not specifically include maternity service providers including hospitals. Importantly they also have been asked to consider whether the Government’s amendments will have a negative impact on the safety and continuity of care for Australian mothers.

The public has been asked to send submissions with their concerns. Submissions are due by December 11, 2009.

More details at the link below.

Tip #2: Call your local obstetrician and ask them their intervention rates. At the very least you’ll get a quote for the media.

Tip #3: Find out if there are any independent midwives in your area, so women in your area can get informed about their local care providers.

Ask them for a quote for your press release.

Tip #4: Quote a local woman or grandmother on how they feel about the statistics. Quote yourself. Your opinion matters.

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