Publicy Funded HomebirthPublicly Funded Homebirth

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 us with the details.

Current publicly funded homebirth programs include:


Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Canberra Hospital campus in Building 11, Corner of Gilmore Crescent and Hospital Road, Garran ACT 2605
Phone (02) 5124 7625

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
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Royal Hospital for Women

Barker St. Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: (02)9382 6100

SESIAHS – AMICHS Illawarra Shoalhaven

Shellharbour Square, Shellharbour NSW 2529
Phone: (02) 4295 2418

Westmead Hospital Homebirth Service

Hawkesbury Road, Westmead NSW 2145
Phone: (02) 8890 5555

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


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

Northern Area Midwifery Group Practice

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


No publicly funded homebirth programs found


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

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.

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Page created 12th September 2011

Updated 26th March 2020