Our homebirth articles seek to explain why it is that homebirth is the birth of choice for more and more women. With a homebirth you can birth in the environment that you feel most comfortable and relaxed in – your home. It is very important to shut out outside distractions when you are in labour. This means that 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 like 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.
The Campaign So Far By Jane Palmer 2008 The Rudd Government said that they were committed to improving maternity services for Australian women. Minister Nicola Roxon (Minister for Health and Aging) conducted a Maternity Services Review asking for public input into how the maternity services could be improved. It was hoped that this review would allow Medicare and professional indemnity (PI) insurance for private midwives. Feb 2009 The recommendations from the Maternity Services Review were made public. Despite an
By Yvette Barton Having a homebirth can be a gloriously life changing event. Planning and preparing for a homebirth can be an exciting experience too as you collect together the supplies you’ll need. But what do you need? This article aims to detail the most common homebirth supplies you’ll need to have on hand during your labour, for the birth, and after. For labour Labour requires lots of energy, courage and self-belief. But beyond these important yet intangible things
By Karol Petrovska Yet another ‘homebirth horror’ story has hit the headlines of late, most notably on the Mamamia website. 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. The article on Mamamia states its intention is to warn of the dangers of gathering
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. Meanwhile halfway around the world in the Netherlands, homebirth is an integral part of the public funded medical system
By Hannah Dahlen This opinion piece was published on ABC Unleashed in April in response to the misleading media about homebirth. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2543589.htm The front page of the Daily Telegraph ran the sensational headline this week ‘Four dead in home birthing’ (April 6th 2009). The article went on to say that at least four babies had died ‘during homebirths in the past nine months’ and a further four babies had suffered brain damage. This was presented as ‘fact’ although it
By Jane Palmer Having a homebirth is not a common choice in Australia. Less than one per cent of babies are born at home. This low statistic is indicative of the lack of support and services for women birthing at home. There is no government rebate for women who choose this option. Costs for a homebirth are paid out of pocket. Though some health funds are now providing some rebate for homebirth or midwifery services. Women who plan a
By Jane Palmer What are the most common reasons that women transfer to hospital? 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, however even with the best tools, sometimes a trip to hospital is required. Women expecting their first baby are more likely to transfer to hospital