It takes a village to birth a child

Professor Caroline Homer
Professor of Midwifery,
University of Technology, Sydney

Following the review, the 2009 budget introduced initiatives which included the ability of midwives to work as private practitioners, providing services subsidised by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), prescribe medications subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS) and the provision of subsidised medical professional indemnity for eligible midwives working in collaborative arrangements in hospitals and healthcare

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