“In response to the article in the Australian Newspaper on Wednesday 8th October, 2014 titled “Banned midwife recommended by home-birth advocacy group” Birthrites Inc make this statement:
Birthrites would like to correct some of the misleading and innaccurate information in this article. As per our website “Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean aims to provide a support network for women who’ve had a previous c/section(s), and to increase the awareness of these women’s needs to their health-carers within the medical profession.” We are not a Home Birth advocacy group. We provide support and information to women planning future births be it natural or caesarean.
Birthrites do not recommend any midwives or doulas but only provide a place on the website as a database of available caregivers.
Since Lisa Barrett handed in her registration as a midwife (Over 2 years ago), Birthrites removed her contact details from the website as a Midwife due to the fact that she does not have the accreditation essential to having that title and being shown as such in the database of caregivers. All aspects of the website are in a constant state of flux due to the changing roles that any of the people in the database have and so it is kept as current as possible with the volunteer workforce available. There is currently an overhaul of the database going on to ensure that all the people listed have the correct credentials. From hearing about this incident (As we were not aware that those details were still showing on the website) we will be removing Lisa Barrett’s details as we aware that she is no longer working in this capacity.
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