Mothers? apathy over birth reduces services
DO women in Gladstone really care about how they give birth to their children?
That was the question posed by Sonya Lindley-Jones, president of the Glad-stone Regional Birth Alliance.
Ms Lindley-Jones said women seemed reluctant to take responsibility for the type of birth they could choose, and it was because of this reluctance that Gladstone had few birthing options available.
"The conditions we have here in Gladstone are because the public, our women, accept the level of service that is available,'' she said.
"At the end of the day women say they don't have the range of options for giving birth, but women don't seem to want to take responsibility for the type of birth they can have.''
"Gladstone needs women who are passionate about the type of birthing options available to them in order to effect change to the health system.''
"We have programs on the verge of closing down because of funding problems.''
Jenny Lunan from the Women's Health Centre confirmed the Young Parents Program, which was established to provide support for parents under 25, may be forced to close because of a lack of funds.
Ms Lindley-Jones said women had to decide that birthing was important.
"Woman have to agree and understand that one of the most important things they will do in life is give birth,'' she said.
"Surely we don't want to give birth in the same way as our grandmothers with all the pain and suffering.''
She said Gladstone women were not being informed about the ways they could have an effective natural birth that was relatively pain free.