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:


Centenary Hospital for Women and Children
Canberra Hospital