MATERNITY – TOWARDS NORMAL BIRTH IN NSW - A woman friendly birth initiative: protecting, promoting and supporting normal birth
This policy provides direction to NSW maternity services regarding actions to increase the vaginal birth rate in NSW and decrease the caesarean section operation rate; to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to support women and to ensure that midwives and doctors have the knowledge and skills necessary to implement this policy.
July 1, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald, Thurs 1 July, 2010
"Caesareans a target of $42m boost for hospitals"
NSW's runaway caesarean birth rate is set to be reined in by one-third under an ambitious five-year plan to normalise the process of giving birth and reduce unnecessary intervention in public hospitals.
The proportion of surgical births should be reduced to 20 per cent by 2015, from 30 per cent now, and first-time mothers would be attended by the same midwife throughout labour.
The option of labouring in water, although not necessarily water birth, would be offered universally under the mandatory policy.