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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4873

Senator LEES (South Australia) (3.40 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that maternity services in Australia deny the majority of women a choice in how they are supported during pregnancy and birth;

(b) recognises that fewer than 1 per cent of women can currently access one-to-one primary care from midwives;

(c) notes that international research has shown that in industrialised countries only 15 per cent to 20 per cent of women need obstetric intervention in order to achieve a good outcome, while in Australia there is at least one medical intervention in 80 per cent of births; and

(d) supports the National Maternity Action Plan launched on 24 September 2002 by the Maternity Coalition.

Question agreed to.