We say midwives bill must be amended
Published 14/01/2011 | 05:00
The Nurses and Midwives Bill must be amended before it becomes law. Mothers, midwives, birth groups, student midwives and academics are united in their support for these amendments. Women in childbirth need a bill that will, in effect:
(A) Give women greater access to midwives -- the experts in normal birth -- in a choice of settings, home, hospital or local birth centre and enable them to exercise their right to choice in childbirth.
(B) Keep midwives in midwifery and in Ireland by enabling them to practise in all areas of midwifery, not only in hospital settings, but also in the community, offering antenatal and/or postnatal care as well as home-birth services, like their counterparts in other EU member states.