Why we need to support Aboriginal women’s choice to give birth on country

The Conversation, 14 June 2016
Authors: Catherine Chamberlain, Rhonda Marriott and Sandy Campbell
“Around 9.6 out of every 1,000 Aboriginal babies are stillborn, or die in childbirth or the first 28 days of life, compared with 8.1 non-Aboriginal babies. Getting maternity care right for Aboriginal women is critical to closing this gap. Not all Aboriginal women have access to high-quality, culturally competent maternity care. The federal government’s 2014 maternity services review recommends improving access to care for Aboriginal mothers and increasing birthing choices. One such option is for Aboriginal women to choose birthing on country.”
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