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Publicly Funded Homebirth

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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.

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. If you know of a homebirth program that is not listed here – please email Jane with the details.

Current publicly funded homebirth programs include:

ACT

No publicly funded homebirth programs found

New South Wales

Belmont Birthing Service Homebirth Program
Belmont Hospital, Croudace Bay Road, Belmont NSW 2280
Phone: (02) 4923 2204

Mullumbimby Homebirth Program
Azalea Street
Mullumbimby NSW 2482
Phone: (02) 6639 8226
Web site: nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/hospitals/mullumbimby-district-war-memorial-hospital/mullumbimby-birth-centre/the-home-birth-program/

SESIAHS – AMICHS Illawarra Shoalhaven
Shellharbour Square, Shellharbour NSW 2529
Phone: (02) 4295 2418

Wollongong Hospital Homebirth Service

Wollongong Hospital, Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone: (02) 4222 5000

Northern Territory

Midwifery Group Practice
Alice Springs Hospital
Alice Springs NT 0870
Phone: (08) 89517067

Community Midwifery Practice & Homebirth Service
Casurina NT 0811
Phone: (mobile) 0417 810 535
Website: health.nt.gov.au/Womens_Health/Maternal_and_Infant_Health/Home_Birthing/index.aspx

Queensland

No publicly funded homebirth programs found

South Australia

Midwifery Group Practice
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Rd, North Adelaide, SA 5066
Phone: (08) 8161 7819
Website: www.wch.sa.gov.au/services/az/divisions/wab/mid_gp/index.html

Northern Area Midwifery Group Practice
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Haydown Road, Elizabeth Vale SA 5112
Phone: (08) 08 8182 9000 (paging service to leave message)

Tasmania

No publicly funded homebirth programs found

Victoria

Casey Hospital
Home birth Unit
62 Kangan Drive, Berwick VIC 3806
Phone (03) 8768 1200

Sunshine Hospital
Birth Unit
176 Furlong Road, St Albans VIC 3021
Phone (03) 8345 1333

Western Australia

Community Midwifery Western Australia
Unit 1/ 40 Pearse Street, Fremantle WA 6959
Phone: (08) 9430 6882
Website: www.cmwa.net.au

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.

Page created 12th September 2011

Updated 19th February 2018

Jane Palmer is a mother, birth activist and midwife in private practice located in Sydney, Australia. With additional qualifications as a childbirth educator and lactation consultant, Jane works to improve pregnancy, birth and parenting options for families.

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