Birthing on Country

What does Birthing on Country mean to you? From the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, a video featuring interviews filmed during the Best Start to Life 2022 National Gathering at Mparntwe (Alice Springs) alongside breath-taking Australian landscapes, this educational documentary explores the many meanings of Birthing on Country. The video link is: #mattersmaternal

Media Release

Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health A cross Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health is committed to ensuring that Australian women experience respectful maternity care. Media representatives are advised of the Launch of the Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health. This initiative is sponsored by Ms Alicia Payne MP (member for Canberra), Dr Helen Haines MP (Member for

Father’s Day 2023

Happy Father's Day Today, we acknowledge the caring fathers that can be great supports throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond and that becoming a father can the most significant transition of their adult lives. Respectful maternity care is respect for women’s’ choices and preferences, including companion of choice during maternity care. Studies have shown that the

The Paradox of care

The Paradox of Care Maternity care has become risk-averse. This has led to escalating medical interventions that may be unnecessary, unwelcomed and have unanticipated consequences. The World Health Organisation states - 85% of births do not require interventions. “The paradox is that in trying to eliminate risk, we create other risks”  The medical approach in

World Breastfeeding Week

Lets make breastfeeding and work, work! WHAT WE KNOW… Globally half a billion working women lack access to the needed workplace provisions to provide breastmilk to their children (paid maternity leave, flexible working environment, space to express milk) Allowing women to take the time to breastfeed or express breastmilk whilst at their workplace, or at

Declining recommended maternity care

Partnering with the woman who declines recommended maternity care In the absence of a national standard for declining recommended maternity care, we share with you the Queensland Health Queensland Health has developed resources to support women and their clinicians to jointly plan maternity care when women are, or are thinking about, declining recommended maternity care.

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