To be eligible for the homebirth trial you need to:

  • be aged between the ages of 18 and 40 years
  • live within the homebirth catchment area
  • have current ambulance cover, and
  • live in a safe working environment for birthing that has:
    • 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 one or more birth supporters from family/friends who:
    • support your decision to have a homebirth
    • are available to be present throughout your labour, the birth and the recovery period to provide support to you and your baby, and
    • are available to care for your other children if necessary.
  • have had at least one, and not more than four, previous healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated births and recovery periods
  • be healthy and have a Body Mass Index no greater than 35 at the 36 week pregnancy check
  • have regular antenatal care with a health professional
  • have a current uncomplicated pregnancy progressing normally, and be less than 8 months pregnant at the time of enrolling in the trial
  • attend a 'suitability for homebirth assessment' appointment with your midwife on or before the 36th completed week of this pregnancy
  • be more than 37 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 and:
    • plan to use only natural remedies for pain relief during labour. Pain relief medications including epidural and nitrous oxide will not be offered.
    • understand that you will be able to labour in water if you wish i.e. a bath, but the service does not offer water birth (the baby being born under water).
    • agree to receiving medication via an injection to assist with the delivery of the placenta once you have given birth.
Page last updated on: 22 Oct 2020