Women who want a home birth could be forced to hide their pregnancies from doctors and give birth without a registered midwife under the proposed Federal Government midwifery indemnity scheme, endangering themselves and their babies, advocates say.
... Rachel Siewert said the legislation did not protect the rights of women to choose safe home births with the help of registered midwives.
Homebirth Australia secretary Justine Caines said a growing number of women were dissatisfied with hospital births and the Government should reconsider excluding home births.
An independent review done for the WA Health Department into the safety of home births two months ago said they generally were no riskier than hospital births when they were well supported.
... Mother-of-five Jane Reynolds ... said she would consider an unsupervised home birth if she was having another baby because she strongly opposed hospital births for low-risk pregnancies.