Friday, September 04, 2009

A response from my local MP, Tammy Lobato

I wrote to my local MP (Ms. Tammy Lobato member for Gembrook) regarding her position on the homebirth issue and recieved the rather pleasing response yesterday.

Her response is as follows:

Dear Mrs. Orbitani

I write to thank you for taking the time to write to me in relation to proposed maternity service changes.

I am most passionate about the right of women and their families to choose the option of home birth. I am also very supportive of giving expectant mothers choice in where and how they give birth and to be able to go through this life-changing experience in a manner of their own choice.

Independent midwives perform a vital role in caring for mothers and babies and I support their continued role in maternity services. I also believe they should be entitled to appropriate insurance for their services, as are all other health practitioners.

You have asked me to write to the Federal Minister for Health & Aging, the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, on your behalf. I have in fact already written to her on behalf of a number of my constituents advocating for the right for women to have home births and to argue for the right of independent midwives to access insurance.

I would be pleased to provide you with a copy of her response when I receive it. I will also continue to monitor the issue closely and speak on behalf of mothers who want to home birth and the midwives who support them.

Yours sincerely,
Tammy Lobato MP, Member for Gembrook

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