Childbirth trauma on the COAG agenda
RESPECT for pregnant women and a push to reduce childbirth trauma is on the agenda when state and federal ministers gather for today’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments.
With research showing one in 10 women suffer post traumatic stress disorder following birth, the shocking health problem is a hot topic in the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services.
More than 900 submissions and consultation with 600 consumers have been considered for the paper “Womancentred care — Strategic directions for Australian maternity services”.
The ministers will be discussing the paper.
Liz Wilkes managing director of My Midwives, Australia’s largest private midwifery practice, welcomed the topic being put in the COAG spotlight.
“Women have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We need focused attention on models of care that make women feel safe and respected,” she said.
The nation’s peak maternity consumer body the Maternity Consumer Network says funding will pay dividends.
“Consumers have been crying out for more access to a known midwife which reduces stress and fear. This needs to be an urgent priority for our health ministers to address the high trauma rates from the way women are treated in birth,” network spokeswoman Alecia Staines said.