Group lobbies for birth centre

FOR Tabitha Humphreys, Sara Neucom and Tegan Magnussen, having choices on how to give birth is something they see as very important for mothers.

Which is why they recently formed the group Friends of the Birth Centre Rockhampton and will soon be lobbying the government for funding.

The group comprises women from similar backgrounds including mothers, nurses and doulas.

Tabitha, also a doula (a support person when mothers give birth), who had the vision originally to launch the group for quite some time, said she wanted to give the mothers of Central Queensland other birthing options.

"Women currently have to go elsewhere if they don't want to have their baby at a hospital," Tabitha said.

"I put up the suggestion of a group on Facebook and I was just overwhelmed with comments about it.

"We've got one in Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast, so why not Rocky?"

They are holding their first public event by showcasing the film The Face of Birth tonight from 6pm at Bauhinia House; cost is $15.



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