"Birthing on Country...back to the future !

12th Oct 2017

A new culturally and clinically safe maternity program which will allow Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander mothers to give birth on country in a safe care environment… is being flagged as a model which  can be rolled out Australia wide.

“The Birthing On Country” program created around  Indigenous knowledge and community control will see  a redesigned health service  providing  24/7 continuity of midwifery care and birthing in Aboriginal birth centres.

 Project leader Prof. Sue KIldea from The University of Queensland says  the " Birthing on Country Program" which focuses on the year before and the year after birth  is supported by both national  and international evidence .

Prof.Kildea speaks with Paul Wiles about  possible hurdles the program might face but believes community control of the  program will make it difficult to  close down.

photo courtesy CRANAplus

Listen to the full interview here :