SA to ban unregistered midwives

The move is in line with recommendations from a coronial inquest in 2012 that looked into the deaths of three babies during home births.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said the new law would limit the potential harm that could come to a mother or a baby during labour if they were supervised by someone without the appropriate training.

"The safety of mothers and babies is our number one priority, and a way to achieve this is to restrict the provision of birthing practices to registered midwives and medical practitioners only," he said.

Proposed penalties include a fine of up to $30,000 or a maximum 12-month jail sentence.

Mr Snelling says the changes are not about denying women the opportunity to give birth at home or away from a hospital setting.

"It is a way to guarantee that whether a woman chooses to deliver in a hospital or at home, they are provided with safe and appropriate care by a registered, qualified professional," he

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