ACT Health’s homebirth trial gives women in the ACT an option to birth in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

The 3-year trial commenced in October 2016, with 1 to 2 homebirths being offered each month since February 2017. At the end of this trial, participating women can provide feedback on their homebirth experience. This feedback can help us determine whether homebirth should be an ongoing option for birthing in the ACT.

The trial is available to women who meet the eligibility criteria and who live within the identified catchment area below.

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For more information, please contact the Birth Centre at the CHWC on 02 5124 7625 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Is homebirth safe?

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.

Our 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.

Is homebirth for you?

Homebirth is delivered through the Canberra Midwifery Program (CMP). Throughout your labour, you are cared for and supported by 2 highly qualified midwives. If you are interested in participating in the trial, please check the self-assessment criteria and read the FAQ’s.

Self-Assessment Criteria

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
  • have had at least 1, and no more than 4, previous healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated births and recovery periods
  • 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

Eligibility screening continues up until you go into labour. If any issues are identified, you may need to be transferred to the CHWC to give birth.

For more information on the criteria for the homebirth trial, please see the Self-Assessment Criteria.

Express your interest

To find out more information about homebirth or to express your interest in the trial, please take the following steps:

  1. View the self-assessment criteria
  2. Read the FAQs to learn more about the trial and homebirth in general
  3. Complete the fields below to have a midwife contact you

Please note, completing this form doesn’t automatically make you eligible or successful for a place in the trial.

You can also contact the Birth Centre at the CHWC on 02 5124 7625 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Homebirth trial expression of interest form

Frequently Asked Questions

The key Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below offer additional information about how the homebirth trial operates, including when you meet with your midwives and what you can expect from a homebirth.

Page last updated on: 1 Oct 2018