We are so lucky! Government funded Homebirth is an option in the Hunter.
When women feel relaxed and comfortable, their bodies can open more smoothly and more effectively and for many women this can be in their own home.
Your local are homebirth choices:
1. Government funded homebirth through the hospital program (Belmont Midwifery Group Practice Ph: (02) 4923 2108) or,
2. Hiring an independent midwife. We currently have only one private midwife servicing our area, her name is Karyn and she is very skilled, qualified and caring. (I am happy to help introduce you to Karyn and pass on further details. Call me (Natalie) on 0406 934 645.)
Is Homebirth a good option for you?
Perhaps this Joint Position Statement on Homebirth, by The Royal College of Obstetricians and The Royal College of Midwives, will help you decide:
“We support Homebirth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.
There is no reason why Homebirth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families.
There is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both satisfying and safe, with implications for her health and that of her baby”
This Article may also be of some help as you think about the option of Homebirth:
“There’s No Place Like Home”
By renowned midwife, Jan Tritten
Research has come out to show that Homebirth is safer than a hospital birth—not just as safe but safer. This research is found in the 2014 Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) study that examines 16,924 midwife-led homebirths. The cesarean rate for homebirth midwives was 5.2% while in hospital the national average was 31%. As we would expect, positive outcomes for carrying baby full term came with the midwife group: 97% were carried to term with only 1% of babies transported to hospital after birth.
The thing is, we midwives, doulas and other informed birth practitioners have always known that Homebirth is safer. We have known the consequence of messing with the God-given natural process of birth. We have also understood why midwives are needed, and hopefully we have honed our skills as well as our hearts as we work in the art of midwifery. We know when and how to stand aside and be watchful as the beauty and uniqueness of each motherbaby unfolds their birth journey—unfolding from one being into two. We are also ever ready for emergencies during the birth, and we are vigilant during prenatals to suggest and educate in order to prevent certain emergencies from happening.
Homebirth is safer for most mothers in many ways. For one, there are fewer interventions. The first intervention is stepping outside the door of your home and heading to the hospital. Very few hospitals are without unnecessary interventions, and since they are places for sick people, they come with a plethora of germs as well as routines that are considered normal for birth (but we would call them interventions). read more….
|Jan Tritten is the founder and editor-in-chief of Midwifery Today magazine and a midwife who was in active practice from 1977–1989. She became a midwife in 1977 after the powerful homebirth of one of her daughters. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world.|
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Further Key Research Findings:
Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital birth
This is the largest study of the safety of Homebirth that has ever been done. They analysed the births of all low risk women who delivered between Jan 1, 2000 and Dec 31, 2006.
This study shows that planning a Homebirth does not increase the risks of perinatal mortality and severe perinatal morbidity among low-risk women, provided the maternity care system facilitates this choice through the availability of well-trained midwives and through a good transportation and referral system. (1)
Outcomes of planned Homebirths with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America
A study of over 5000 births in the USA and Canada. Women who intended at the start of labour to have a home birth with a certified professional midwife had a low rate of intrapartum and neonatal mortality, similar to that in most studies of low risk hospital births in North America. A high degree of safety and maternal satisfaction were reported, and over 87% of mothers and neonates did not require transfer to hospital.
An economic analysis found that an uncomplicated vaginal birth in hospital in the United States cost on average three times as much as a similar birth at home with a midwife in an environment where management of birth has become an economic, medical, and industrial enterprise. (2)
Outcomes of planned Homebirth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician
This Canadian study of over 12,000 births showed planned Homebirth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician. (3)
(1) de Jonge, A., van der Goes, B. Y., Ravelli, A. C., Amelink‐Verburg, M. P., Mol, B. W., Nijhuis, J. G., ... & Buitendijk, S. E. (2009). Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529 688 low‐risk planned home and hospital births. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116(9), 1177-1184.
(2) Johnson, K. C., & Daviss, B. A. (2005). Outcomes of planned Homebirths with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America. Bmj,330(7505), 1416. (3) Janssen, P. A., Saxell, L., Page, L. A., Klein, M. C., Liston, R. M., & Lee, S. K. (2009). Outcomes of planned Homebirth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 181(6-7), 377-383.