Currently in Australia, less than 1% of women give birth at home. Until the late 90s, women planning a homebirth needed to engage a privately-practising midwife. However, in recent decades a new model of care, known as publicly-funded homebirth, has become increasingly available to women seeking a homebirth. Publicly-funded homebirth models are provided by some public hospitals often within a midwifery-led continuity of care model.
Midwifery academics within CMCFH have a strong record of work investigating aspects of publicly-funded homebirth, including three doctoral theses.
Dr Christine Catling’s explored the who chose this model of care. Dr Deborah Fox’s PhD investigated involved in the , from Dr Rebecca Coddington’s explored in Australia.
Other work in this field include a review of the , Sydney, and a , and an analysis of . Currently Dr Catling, Dr Fox and Dr Coddington are working on a study investigating women’s trajectories after they fall outside the eligibility criteria necessary for women to access a publicly-funded homebirth during pregnancy.
Dr Catling is the chair of the , a 40-member consortium that supports and acts as a resource to midwifery managers throughout Australia on issues of best practice and workforce issues.
Dr Fox was a member of the Australian College of Midwives expert review panel that compiled the ‘ guidelines.
Read the research:
- The influences on women who choose a publicly-funded homebirth in Australia
- Birthplace in Australia: Processes and interactions during the intrapartum transfer of women from planned homebirth to hospital
- Birthplace in Australia: Antenatal preparation for the possibility of transfer from planned home birth
- Experiences of Women Planning a Home Birth Who Require Intrapartum Transfer to Hospital: A Metasynthesis of the Qualitative Literature
- From hospital to home: Australian midwives’ experiences of transitioning into publicly-funded homebirth programs
- The St. George Homebirth Program: An evaluation of the first 100 booked women
- Publicly funded homebirth in Australia: a review of maternal and neonatal outcomes over 6 years
- Multiparous women's confidence to have a publicly-funded homebirth: A qualitative study