Roxon optimistic about homebirth future

Interested in home birth, hospital birth or private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. The federal government's decision to support professional indemnity insurance for private practice midwives could help those offering homebirth services down the track, Health Minister Nicola Roxon says.

Maternity Coalition president Lisa Metcalfe said insuring private midwives will give women real choice when it comes to having their baby. "Professional indemnity insurance for midwives will start to make it possible for women to choose their own community-based midwife for antenatal, birth and postnatal care, as women in other countries already can," she said.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448