- Maternity Choices Australia
- 20,593 supporters
- Created Jan 28, 2019
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- Created Jan 10, 2018
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- Created Dec 22, 2017
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- Created Dec 6, 2016
- Haylen Finch Laramie, WY, United States
- 939 supporters
- Created Oct 3, 2017
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Petition to Greg Hunt MP
Protect birthing choices for Australian women through funding reform
Australia’s maternity system is in crisis. Australian women’s basic human right to give birth where and with who they choose is under threat. The issues: 1. Australian women face limited affordable options for their pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. Only 8% of women experience continuity of care with a known care provider, which is known to improve outcomes for mothers and babies (1). Rural maternity facilities are being de-funded and are closing at an alarming rate, leaving some women no choice but to drive hundreds of kilometres to get to a hospital. Indigenous women lack accessibility to give birth on country.One third of women experience birth trauma (2) and somewhere between 1/5 and 1/8 of women leave birth with post-traumatic stress disorder (3). These women are traumatised by the care they are receiving in our broken maternity system. 2. The current maternity funding model is not structured in a way that allows funds to be appropriately allocated. It does not recognise additional services being provided by care providers (e.g. being on call, consultations via phone/skype, case review, pathology review, diagnostics etc.). It is difficult for hospitals to manage, reduces financial flexibility, reduces standardisation of evidence-based care and leads to higher costs and worsened patient outcomes (4). Many women who would choose to birth in a different environment or with different care providers are unable to do so due to restricted funding. This only adds to these negative birth experiences. 3. Australian Law requires care providers to have Professional Indemnity Insurance. Currently, no such insurance product exists for Privately Practising Midwives, so the government has allowed an exemption until the 31st of December this year. If the exemption isn’t extended, or if an insurance product is not made available, homebirth in Australia will become illegal, and from March 2019 there will be pregnant women who are at risk of not being able to birth at home. This is an emergency. Taking away women’s ability to birth at home with a midwife will result in more women choosing to freebirth with no medically trained staff present. The proposed solutions: 1. Continuity of midwifery carer Midwife-led continuity of care models demonstrate a number of benefits to women with no adverse effects. These benefits include a reduction in childbirth interventions, an increase in spontaneous vaginal births for women of low and increased risk (5) and a reduction in rates of caesarean sections in women of low risk (6). This model of care also demonstrates increased satisfaction for women when compared to other models of maternity care (7). By redirecting the funds allocated to Australian women for their antenatal, birth and postnatal care into their control, they can choose the model of care and care providers that are right for them (e.g. continuity of care with a midwife). By putting the choice in women’s hands, access to care options and affordability of those services will improve. It could potentially reduce birth trauma, increase access to care services, increase the utilisation of care services, and consequently increase women’s sense of satisfaction and control with their pregnancy, birth and postnatal experiences. It would also protect rural birthing services by ensuring that funding is allocated appropriately for any of the care that they provide. 2. Bundled funding reform Through these reforms, funding would be made easier for hospitals to manage, would allow financial flexibility (encouraging improved models of care and greater standardisation of evidence-based care), drive better service delivery and consequently lead to better patient outcomes and lower costs. The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority also states, “There is potential to better align pricing incentives across settings by introducing bundled pricing approaches” (8). 3. Extension to PII exemption Right now, the immediate need is for an extension to the homebirth insurance exemption. Until a suitable insurance product becomes available for privately practicing midwives, this is the only solution available. The National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services process is an absolute joke. Mothers and consumer groups from around the country have attended consultations and made their desire for bundled funding reform and a solution to the PII issue known, but the final draft document does not mention any of the above issues and proposed solutions. Politicians are caving in to lobbying pressure from the AMA announcing that the trend towards midwifery care is unsafe and that maternity care must remain obstetric led. We demand an urgent review of maternity funding model. We demand that the government listens to us – the birthing women of this country - once and for all. References: 1. Dawson et al., 2015Dawson, A.J., Nkowane, A.M. and Whelan, A., 2015. Approaches to improving the contribution of the nursing and midwifery workforce to increasing universal access to primary health care for vulnerable populations: a systematic review. Human resources for health, 13(1), p.97. 2. Boorman et al., 2014Boorman, R.J., Devilly, G.J., Gamble, J., Creedy, D.K. and Fenwick, J., 2014. Childbirth and criteria for traumatic events. Midwifery, 30(2), pp.255-261. 3. Schwab, Marth and Bergant, 2012; Schwab, W., Marth, C. and Bergant, A.M., 2012. Post-traumatic stress disorder post partum: the impact of birth on the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in multiparous women. Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde, 72(1), p.56.Dekel, Stuebe and Dishy, 2017Dekel, S., Stuebe, C. and Dishy, G., 2017. Childbirth induced posttraumatic stress syndrome: a systematic review of prevalence and risk factors. Frontiers in psychology, 8, p.560. 4. IHPA, 2015. 5. Begley et al., 2011; Hartz et al., 2013; Sandall et al., 2015) 6. McLachlan et al., 2012 7. Sandall et al., 2015 8. IHPA, 2015
Maternity Choices Australia
Petition to NHS Choices Commissioning Board, NHS Choices User Council
NHS Choices: Give us the Info on Adeno
…NHS Choices: Give us the Info on Adeno Adenomyosis is a common, debilitating condition affecting … through it without a diagnosis, or even realising why they suffer. Even NHS Choices, the … particular is NHS Choices, which provides an A-Z guide for a number of other conditions and …-science. Many rely entirely on online communities for anecdotal advice. However, NHS Choices have … dignity. We are therefore asking NHS Choices to reconsider their position and create a page on…
Petition to episode
No gem choices in Episode user stories
This petition has ended.
Petition to Kathleen Wynne
Repeal the "Healthy Menu Choices Act"
…In January 2017, the Healthy Menu Choices Act will come into force. Under this Act, chain … intake (e.g., Pulos & Leng, 2010) and argue for policy changes like the Healthy Menu Choices … with eating disorders and in recovery are confronted with numbers that can impact their choices and … Healthy Menu Choices Act, which infringes on the mental and physical health of people living with and in … Healthy Menu Choices Act which is set to take effect in January 2017. I feel strongly compelled to write…
Petition to Pixelberry Studios, @choicesgame
Release #LoveHacks Book 3 on Choices!
… on Pixelberry Studios’ Choices, “#LoveHacks”. #LoveHacks is centrally focused on our heroine Dani … great thing about Choices is that you get to live vicariously through your characters. Imagine a … choices for them and getting to know them. We, the fans, deserve to see how they end up. It’s a game…
Laramie, WY, United States
Petition to Charlotte City Council, Mecklenburg County Commissioners
Better transportation choices for Charlotte Mecklenburg!
** Help us reach our goal of 5,000 online and offline signatures! ** Dear Charlotte City Council Members and Mecklenburg County Commissioners, I support expanding our transit, bicycle, and pedestrian networks so that all residents can safely and conveniently reach the places they need to go. Specifically, I support funding to plan and implement: The Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan, which will support a safe, useful, and inviting walking experience including a complete network of pedestrian infrastructure with ample crossing opportunities and quality sidewalks on Charlotte’s busiest streets. The Envision My Ride initiative to redesign the CATS bus network with fast, frequent, reliable, and walkable service including more cross-town and suburb-to-suburb bus service, improved connections between different bus routes and between bus and light rail, and more direct services. Completion of the projects in the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, including the West Corridor, Red Line, Silver Line, Gold Line streetcar, Center City integration of transit lines, Gateway Station, and bus service and facility improvement throughout the region. The Charlotte BIKES Bicycle Plan, which will expand the city’s network of safe and comfortable bicycle facilities (including protected bike lanes on busy streets), and develop a culture which recognizes and welcomes the bicycle as a means of transportation for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. I support funding to create a comprehensive bicycle network map. Charlotte’s commitment to Vision Zero, including setting a clear goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, creating a plan or strategy to reach this goal, and engaging key city departments. Completion of the 205 mile Mecklenburg County greenway system by 2035.
Petition to Ted Burke
Blue Cross Blue Shield: Henry Young Needs Rehab to Live
In October of 2011, my father Henry Young -- a 62-year-old husband and father of three who was employed with Philips Medical System in Andover, MA -- had a heart attack while in the gym at work. His heart stopped ten times, leaving his brain deprived of oxygen. After being comatose for several weeks, he miraculously awoke one day and began making great strides towards recovery. Currently undergoing rehab at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, he has made enough progress to convince his medical team, family, and friends that with continued rehab he will regain functional motor and cognitive skills. Despite the critical progress my Dad has made in recent weeks, his insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield will cease coverage of my father's rehab this coming Monday, March 5, 2012. If this happens, my family will be put in the position of choosing to either continue treatment and face financial ruin or give up on our beloved father & husband's recovery process. Health insurance is supposed to be there when you need it most. It's wrong for Blue Cross Blue Shield to drop coverage when my father's future depends on it. Please take a stand and help us change Blue Cross Blue Shield's mind. Not only is this morally and ethically wrong, this is a travesty of justice! Don't think this couldn't happen to you; be the change you want to see!
Washington, DC, United States
Petition to Blue Pearl Emregency Vet
Stop Price Gauging Emergency Vet Services
… needed and to know if I was making the right choices for my beloved pet while weighing the financial … the options being told to me, I’m not sure if I would have made the same choices, but in such a…
Help Our Animals!
Petition to Group of students
Chances Choices Changes
Suicide is the act of intentionlly causing one's own death. Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder and substance abuse may lead a person to commit suicide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to 800,000 people die to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon; infact 79% of suicide occurs in low and middle-income countries around the world. Because of the increasing ratings of suicide attempts of people around the world, our group decides to petition that suicide is not as option to protect ourselves from hurting. Our group aims to inform people what are the consequences of commiting suicide. Yes, suicide can't be stopped with certainty but risk can often be reduces with timely intervention. A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. People who take their lives don't want to die, they just want to stop hurting. We can help them to find ways to lessen their pain by staying by their side and help them to give them advice for them to choose the right thing to do rather than ending their life. Talking to a person who wants to commit suicide may change their perception in life and give them another chance to live their life again. Professionals suggest that the best way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors, be alert to the signs of depression and other mental disorder and intervene before the person can complete the process of self-destruction. We should always remember that suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or a family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject but talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. Our group is going to create a change.org petition, a facebook group for us to achieve our goal. We will also use some infographics pictures and added informations to support our campaign. Our group will consume a week to develope tje website. Our expenses may only conclude the internet and computer rentals in case we need more time outside school hours If you have any questions about our petition, please do feel free to ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just text or call 09054620924, thank you.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Tell President Obama and the EPA to Stand Up to Big Oil
… choices for consumers and higher prices at the pump. Will the EPA side with American jobs & … Fuel Standard back on track. Don’t let Big Oil determine the choices consumers have at the pump.…
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