The growing body of research into homebirth highlights the many advantages of having a baby at home. If you have a low risk pregnancy then research shows that the home is actually the safest place for you to birth your baby. Historically homebirths were supported by privately practising midwives in Australia. However, problems with the international insurance industry led to issues providing this essential service. The strong demand by midwives and pregnant women for access to homebirth led to the publicly funded homebirth program.
Our articles below explain more about the need for publicly funded homebirth as well as the evidence behind the safety and benefits of homebirth. Ultimately, more publicly funded homebirths means more women with positive, empowering birth experiences in the birth environment they feel most comfortable in. The long term advantages of this in terms of child well-being and benefits to family life could reach even further then we currently understand.