Ability to choose home births backed

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The Health Minister Kim Hames is standing by WA's midwifery program despite a review recommending against home births.

The draft report by an expert committee found the death rate among babies born at home was four times higher than those delivered in hospital ... [and] the risk of infants dying due to a loss of oxygen to the brain was 33 times greater in planned home births.

... Dr Hames says the review is based on data that is a few years old and he will not be withdrawing funding for the program.

"At the end of the day, do I think the Government should say home births will no longer be allowed and that all babies must be delivered in a hospital with a doctor? "I'm not going to say that. I don't think it's what the public wants, I don't think it's what mothers want." ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448