A country women’s association is calling for urgent improvements to maternity care in the bush, 100 years after it first began advocating on the issue.
The 700km journey to have a baby
Sharon Single puts it bluntly: “Out here, people have babies on the side of the road.”
The farmer, who lives near Coonamble in northern NSW, with her husband Tony, was determined the same thing wouldn’t happen to her when she gave birth to her daughters.
Knowing there were no maternity services in nearby towns like Baradine and Coonabarabran, she was facing the prospect of travelling more than two hours on flood-prone roads to Dubbo or Tamworth hospitals.
So Mrs Single, who had two high-risk pregnancies, had to make a drastic decision.