Hygieia Health Global Sanctuaries

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• Hygieia Health is a not for profit organisation responding to the corona crisis with a ‘Protecting Mamatotos in crisis’ initiative. • The brainchild of four birth workers and teachers, Sequoia Glastonbury, Bo Kowalenko and Raven Abulhawa, and Jane Hardwicke Collings, Hygieia Health has a clear mission: to honour and safeguard birth and protect Mamatotos (mother and baby as one). • Supported by and collaborating with a huge group of adaptable birth workers, volunteers, doulas and professionals, bringing their wisdom, expertise, professionalism and compassion together, serving both the health system, and birthing mothers and families.

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Petitioning Greg Hunt

Crisis response for birth: get women and newborns out of the Coronavirus transmission zone

Hospitals are under strain. As cases of COVID-19 increase, the risks to birthing women and babies are increased. Emergency maternity relief is needed immediately to support an already strained system, and to get women and newborns out of these high-risk environments. We need government support and funding for:  ·       Pop-up birthing centres in safe, hygienic environments (e.g. hotels, Air B’n’Bs, conference facilities etc. close to acute services) ·       More midwives to attend homebirth ·       Medicare rebates for homebirth midwifery care ·       Additional funding for women who can’t afford a home birth midwife ·       Women to have their chosen support people present at birth (including doulas) Birth can’t be put on lockdown, and there is a real risk to the physical and mental wellbeing of women and their babies under the current health crisis.   Hygieia health co-founder Jane Hardwicke Collings said,         “Pregnancy, birthing and newborn mothering during the COVID-19 pandemic is traumatic. We must come to the aid of pregnant, birthing and newborn mothers and babies at this time. "If we do not treat women and their babies with kindness and care NOW, and offer them alternatives to birthing in COVID-19 transmission zones (hospitals) so that they are safe, we will create a mental health issue beyond comprehension that will affect these families forever.” Research carried out by Hygieia Health of over 1000 pregnant Aussie women found that  ·       80% of pregnant women said they were ‘concerned or very concerned’ about their pregnancy and birth in the current crisis* ·       44% of women are considering changing their birth plan Many of these women are considering home birth. Without care and professional support, there is a real and increasing risk of unsupported/unprepared free birth, with a higher likelihood of adverse outcomes.  An alternative model where midwife teams equip hotels –which are currently closed amid the pandemic – as birth centres, is now operational in the Netherlands, and there are calls for similar models in the UK and US. Homebirth is already a safe and supported model in Australia, but costs and high barriers for midwives mean it is not accessible to many women.  We call on the Australian government to take immediate, practical action to support women and babies during the COVID-19 crisis. Co-signed: Maternity Consumers Network, Homebirth NSW, Hygieia Health, Protecting the Mamatotos Project Photo by Alex Hockett on Unsplash

Hygieia Health Global Sanctuaries
3,851 supporters