Home birth Trial

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What is the homebirth trial?

ACT Health's homebirth trial offers women in the ACT the option to birth in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, with the guidance and expertise of two qualified midwives.

The three year trial commenced in October 2016, with one to two homebirths being offered each month from February 2017.

The trial will be available to women who meet the eligibility criteria and who reside within the identified trial catchment area (30 minute round trip to the Canberra Centenary Hospital for Women and Children).

Map of ACT Homebirth Trial catchment

At the end of the trial period, women who participated in the trial will be invited to provide feedback on their homebirth experience. This along with feedback from a range of other stakeholders and clinical outcomes will help determine whether homebirth should be an ongoing option for birthing in the ACT.

 

Is homebirth safe?

Evidence suggests that a planned homebirth with a qualified midwife for women at low risk of childbirth complications is associated with a high satisfaction rate and good outcomes for mother and baby. Midwives undertake continuous assessment and monitoring during pregnancy, labour and in the postpartum period. Women at low risk of birthing complications have the same outcomes, whether they have their baby in a hospital or in their home, when cared for by a qualified midwife.

 

Is homebirth for you?

Homebirth is delivered through the Canberra Midwifery Program (CMP). It is an alternative to the current birthing services provided by the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. If you are interested and wish to determine your eligibility for the trial:

  1. View the self assessment criteria
  2. Read the FAQs to learn more about the trial and homebirth in general
  3. Express your interest.
  4. A midwife will then contact you to discuss the trial and determine whether it is right for you.

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Contact the Birth Centre at the Canberra Centenary Hospital for Women and Children on (02) 6174 7341 between 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.