By Jane Palmer
As a midwife I have been privileged to be present at births in many and varied places; hospital labour wards, operating theatres, motel rooms, peoples' homes and even a Tee Pee on a farm. While hospitals are essential if complications arise and are another choice of birth place for women, birthing at home is wonderful and sacred. The labour unfolds at it's own pace and birth occurs in it's own time with less likelihood of complications occurring. Women are more likely to feel supported and comfortable in their own environment as they travel the birth journey.
Homebirth Articles, Stories and Videos on our website
Birth and Homebirth-A Grandmother’s point of view
"As a mother and grandmother I felt compelled to write my story about my births and more significantly about the wonderful experience of being present at my youngest daughter’s homebirth of her second child, Ivy Grace." Jan Baxter writes as a grandmother showing her point of view on homebirths, while telling us the amazing experiences she has had with her own family.
Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?
In this public lecture, one of ten in the 2012 UTSpeaks series, Professor Caroline Homer explores the history of birth and the debate that rages today in regards to the importance of birth place and practices, women’s rights to choose, and the politics that drive public policy.
Sally – The Birthing Goddess
Sally, a strong woman bringing her first baby into this world, has worked with her breath and movement all night and now the time of birth has arrived. In this moving letter, Sally's midwife Robyn shares the entrance of baby Gabrielle into the world.
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.
Along came Ava
In 2007, pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted one thing: continuity of care. Based on the experiences of those around me, I had formed the opinion that birth was a medical event.
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.
The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose
The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose. Looking back I had prodomal labour for at least a week prior to her birth. After numerous false starts, especially in the evenings ... it was all starting to wear very thin.
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.
Jarred's BirthBirth Story
- Jane Palmers account of the birth of her second baby Jarred, born at home in water. Jarred's birth was hard but satifying though there were some unexpected outcomes.
Waterbirth At HomeBirth Story
- One couples journey preparing for the home water birth of their first child.
Vaginal Birth After Three CaesareansVideo
- This is a video of Teresa's journey to a successful vaginal birth after three caesareans. Teresa's story is one of the most powerful birth videos I've come across - so I thought I'd share it with you.
My Homebirth Experience And Our First Baby - Kyra!Birth Story
- Lisa recounts Kyra's homebirth in water shared by her family and the days following.
Finn's Birth StoryBirth Story
- Melinda found Finn's birth the most empowering experience of her life. He was born at home in her bath tub while her midwives were on their way.
Nathanael’s birth storyBirth Story -
I handed Nathanael to John and birthed the placenta in the pool after a couple of contractions. We wanted to have a Lotus birth after getting the message very clearly about one month before Nathanael’s due date that this is what he wanted.
- 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.