Do you want to hear something really exciting guys?
Right now, and right up until the 18th of June, you, me and everyone else in this beautiful country of ours has the opportunity to have our say about what we want from our maternity services across the country.
Now, I know most of you probably aren’t immediately inspired by a link to a Government website and PDF. This stuff is often wordy, dry, and something you’re more likely to scroll over.
But, I beg you. Don’t scroll past this.
Because our maternity system needs to change, dramatically. And although midwives and birth workers working at the forefront in the maternity system advocate EVERY DAY for better conditions, we know that the real potential for positive change comes directly from consumers demanding what they want.
That’s where you all come in to it.
I’m not here to tell you which changes need to be made (I filled in my own submission for that). I’m here to ask you to think about what YOU think needs to change.
What’s good? What’s bad? What do you wish for future pregnancies for yourself, and what would you wish for your friends and families if you’re out of the baby making game.?
Right now, Australia seems to be doing it’s best to follow a very “American” model of pregnancy and birth care, which has seen significantly increased medicalisation and intervention within Maternity Settings around Australia. Pregnancy and birth outcomes are showing us, pretty directly, that mimicking this model isn’t working out particularly well for any of us, which is why it’s time to really take the chance to speak up, and ask for better care.
Please, please, PLEASE, if you’ve got a few minutes, hit the link, fill in the form and make your voice heard.
If you want better continuity of care, tell them. If you want better antenatal services, tell them. If something was missing from your postnatal stay, tell them. And if you absolutely loved something, tell them that too.
This is a real opportunity to make a difference to birthing services: not just for this generation, but for generations to come.
This is critically important stuff, despite the rather dull looking link.
So get around it, and then share the shit out of it, so that the folks around you can get around it too.
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