Bring Back Birthing To The Barkly
The families of the Barkly are tired of being treated like second class citizens. We demand that the Minister of Health provide an on going service of a resident Obstetrician at the Tennant Creek Hospital. It is of cultural significance for local Aboriginal women to be able to birth in country and it is the right of all pregnant women to remain with family and friends at this momentous occasion in their life. Our midwives are quiet capable of assessing each ladies health as they build a strong bond with them and their families, only to have to leave and be cared for by strangers when it matters most. Our pregnant women are not ill and should not be required to undertake a 500km road trip to Alice Springs weeks prior to giving birth. This is a celebration of life and it is hard to celebrate 500km away from family.