Midwives want to meet Roxon to avoid home-birth ban

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A sensationalist title as home birth is not about to be banned but here goes:

ABI WHITEHAIR is only nine days old but she's already saved taxpayers thousands of dollars.

She was delivered at home after her mother, Leah, rejected advice to have a caesarean section ... because her first baby ... had been born that way ...

A surgical birth - about 30,000 are performed in NSW each year - would have cost the public hospital system about $8000.

If she had been admitted to a neonatal special care unit, like 70 per cent of babies born by caesarean, including her big brother, it would have cost another $900 a day.

But her entry to the world, in a Dee Why lounge room, cost taxpayers nothing ...

[Midwives] are calling for another urgent meeting with the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, before the new rules come into effect in July.

More than one in three babies in NSW is born by caesarean section but only one in seven subsequent babies are born vaginally due to the risk of uterine rupture.

The risk is very small: less than one in 200. Most studies on uterine rupture include dehiscenses, which are not complete ruptures, have no symptoms and do not cause any problems for mother or baby.

About 95,000 babies were born in NSW in 2008, but only 258 were born vaginally in public hospitals after a previous caesarean ...

It is well-known that VBAC is far more successful - around 90% - with private midwifery care. Otherwise the chance of a siccessful VBAC can be as low as 3%.

... women who had undergone traumatic births, with extensive intervention, were eager to avoid a repeat performance but were often left with little choice.

''Keeping away from obstetric intervention by having a home birth is the best chance they have of achieving a normal vaginal birth,'' ...

Up to 70 per cent of home births were by women who had previously delivered by caesarean and there was a growing band who would deliver at home alone if home births were outlawed.

... Ms Whitehair, who had longed for a natural birth, spent months researching a home delivery. Abi's birth, attended by two private midwives, cost her almost $5000 but was ''beautiful and textbook''.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448