Our homebirth articles seek to explain why it is that homebirth is the birth of choice for an increasing number of women. With a homebirth you can birth in the environment that you feel most comfortable and relaxed in – your home. Given the importance of shutting out outside distractions when you are in labour; homebirth can be a quicker, smoother and more empowering way to give birth. Our homebirth articles include views from midwives on what it is like to attend such a broad variety of births, which are personalised to each family.
Read more about the true evidence surrounding how safe homebirth is in our homebirth articles below. You may be surprised to find out that risks such as postpartum haemorrhage are reduced by having your baby at home. Birth is perhaps the single most important event in our lives – it is essential that we are knowledgeable about the latest research into homebirth.
Planned Homebirth – Hospital Transfer
The most common reason a woman transfers into hospital after a planned homebirth is because her labour goes on and on and she becomes exhausted. Lots of strategies can be tried at home to help facilitate labour and combat exhaustion
Day in the Life of an Independent Midwife
"The familiar jangle of the mobile at 3am woke me but not with a start as I had been expecting the call. I had received a text at 9.30pm giving me the heads up that things were happening. She was term plus 12 days and keen for labour to start, especially since it was a “super moon’ that night." This article by Sheryl Sidery tells the story of a day in the life of an independent midwife.
Risk of Haemorrhage is Higher in Hospital than Home
"The debate on which is better for birth – hospital or home – is one which often generates strong and emotive responses. On one side are campaigners demanding that baby’s lives are being put at risk ... On the other side we have campaigners demanding the right to choose their place of birth" Yvette Barton gives the facts and details on the risks and benefits of homebirth over hospital birth.
Beyond the "Homebirth Horror" Headlines
"A woman in Victoria, who had had two previous caesarean sections, researched her birthing options online when she next became pregnant and chose to have a homebirth based largely, the article states, on information found online that supported this option. Tragically, her baby died." This article by Karol Petrovska dispels the misleading information on homebirth.
Publicly Funded Homebirth
"In Australia Homebirth is a contentious issue. For many years now we have heard of the increased risk to babies and mothers of homebirth, and read stories of homebirth tragedy splashed on newspaper billboards. We have also seen reports of the protests of pro-homebirth midwives, women and their families fighting for a woman’s right to choose where they give birth." This article provides an interesting look on how homebirth is seen in the Australian community.
Homebirths or births at home: It’s simply not the same thing
This article discusses the issue that intervention rates during childbirth have skyrocketed over the past ten years in Australia, leaving many women traumatised and fearful. A first time mother in Australia now has a greater chance of having surgical intervention during her birth than of not having it.
The determination governing collaboration for private practice midwives has changed – It’s about time
Ministers recommended an extension of the professional indemnity insurance exemption for privately practising midwives until June 2015, enabling midwives providing homebirth services to have assurance that they would not be forced to abandon women or face prosecution for violating registration requirements.
Publicly Funded Homebirth Programs
Publicly funded homebirth is available for a small number of women in programs across Australia. The number of publicly funded homebirth programs is growing. If you are eligible for Medicare these programs are free.
Out of the Laboratory: Back to the Darkened Room
Out of the laboratory: back to the darkened room is one of the best articles on homebirth I've read. Tricia Anderson, who passed away in 2007, had a special gift as a midwife and a writer. I wanted to honour her by keeping some of her work alive.
Risk is in the Eye of the Beholder
The medical system and home birthing women perceive risk differently and are willing to take different risks based on different motives, but while each ones perception is different, it is not less or wrong, just different. What is ‘right’ and ‘best’ can only be determined by each individual.
- While homebirth is not every ones choice, it certainly is a responsible and safe choice.
Homebirth: Home Is Where The Heart IsArticle -
Homebirth. The word arouses strong reactions even in alternative circles, and amongst those who avoid the medical system in other parts of their lives.