Michelle Seamer is considering homebirth due to the cessation of the Murwillumbah's birthing service in May.
Michelle Seamer is considering homebirth due to the cessation of the Murwillumbah's birthing service in May. Nolan Verheij-Full

Baby ward campaign gathers momentum

THE campaign to re-open Murwillumbah Hospital's birthing service shows no signs of slowing down.

That's despite the health service announcing it will resume recruitment for a specialist doctor for the service next month.

Rachel Bryant, of Bray Park, who heads Friends of the Tweed Valley Birthing service, is organising a "community day" in support of the service on Saturday, June 27 at Murwillumbah Community Centre. (Time to be confirmed.)

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There will be film clips of the birth suite and testimonials by women who have had their babies there, as well as discussions on what has happened and how to move forward.

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNLHD) has announced it will resume its recruitment of a doctor for the service on July 1.

The announcement came after names were provided to the Tweed Daily News of doctors who had reportedly applied for the position, despite the NNLHD having said the closure had occurred on May 29 because there was no interest in the job.

On Thursday, Friends of the Tweed Valley Birthing Service will meet with NNLHD chief executive Chris Crawford.

The group's bid to get a meeting with Health Minister Jillian Skinner has so far been unsuccessful.

A petition has gathered 3500 in support of re-opening the birthing service.



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