Have your baby at home

A mother puts her baby down for a sleep in the nursery. A mother puts her baby down for a sleep in the nursery.

Did you know that eligible Canberran women can deliver their baby in the comfort of their own home through Canberra Health Services’ homebirth trial?

Evidence suggests that a planned homebirth with a qualified midwife, for women who have a low risk of childbirth complications, delivers high satisfaction rates and good outcomes for both mum and baby.

Midwives continually assess and monitor you during your pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. Women at low risk of birthing complications have the same outcomes, regardless of whether they deliver at a hospital or at home, when cared for by a qualified midwife.

To be eligible for the homebirth trial, you must meet the criteria below:

  • be aged between 18 and 40 years
  • live within the homebirth catchment area
  • have current ambulance cover
  • live in a safe working environment (including; adequate lighting, electricity, access to clean hot water, pets that can be secured out of the birthing area, easy access to the home for emergency vehicles, parking availability for two midwives, and reliable phone access at all times.)
  • have had at least one, and no more than four, previous healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated births and recovery periods
  • be more than 37 weeks and not more than 42 weeks pregnant at the time labour begins
  • have a single pregnancy with the baby in a head down position before labour starts
  • wish to labour naturally

Eligibility screening continues up until you go into labour. If any issues are identified, you may need to be transferred to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children to give birth.

If you’d like to find out more about homebirth and whether it’s suitable for you, come along to the information session on March 29 and hear from women about their recent homebirth experience.

You can contact the Birth Centre at the CHWC on 02 5124 7625 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday or for more information or to see if you are eligible for a homebirth visit health.act.gov.au/homebirth.

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