Plibersek may support unregistered midwife ban

SA Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel this week called for new laws to ban unregistered midwives from assisting with homebirths after an inquest into the deaths of three babies delivered via homebirths involving former midwife Lisa Barrett. Each of the births involved some form of complication.

Mr Schapel said it was a “matter of certainty” the babies would have lived if their mothers had elected to undergo a caesarean section but, even without, the babies may have survived if their births had occurred in hospital rather than at home.

A spokesperson for Ms Plibersek said Mr Schapel’s recommendations

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