Home Birthing

This is a government supported service within the Child, Youth and Family Health Stream of the Community Health Branch of the Department of Health & Families (DHF) located in Alice Springs (via Flynn Drive Community Health Centre) and Darwin, (via Karama). The service is provided to enable appropriately contracted Home Birth Midwives, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health team, to provide effective and professional primary midwifery care. The care extends across pregnancy through to the postpartum period and the service supports eligible women electing to labour and birth at home. Women must live within the nominated geographical boundaries and if they live outside these boundaries (Alice Springs and Darwin) then they must go through the appeal process. See contact numbers below if you need further information on this.

Definitions of home birth vary to some extent but are generally consistent overall in their meaning and intent. The Home Birth Service refers to home birth as involving the informed decision of the woman (and her partner/family) to achieve their antepartum, intrapartum, birth and postpartum care at home with a Home Birth Midwife, having been assessed as eligible by the midwife, on the basis of the Australian College of Midwives' National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (2004).

Women are able to approach a Home Birth Midwife direct to discuss the Home Birth Service and consider their choices for pregnancy, intrapartum, birth and postpartum care. It is not necessary for women to see a doctor to access the Home Birth Midwives in the first instance. Two Information Sheets have been produced to indicate the nature of the Home Birth Service and considerations for women to assist in their decision-making for participation in the Home Birth Service.

Once a woman elects to participate in the Home Birth Service she will be asked to sign a Request for Participation in Home Birth to confirm her understanding of the arrangements for the Home Birth Service.

Cost: Free

Locations and opening hours

Negotiated between the expectant mother and her midwife, there are regular homebirth morning teas held in the NT, where you can meet other women having a homebirth and the homebirth midwives.

Darwin
Ph: (08) 8922 5522
Fax: (08) 8922 5520

Alice Springs
Ph: 0400 293 121