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Barwon Health launches homebirth service

Thursday, 07 December 2023

Barwon Health is launching the region’s first publicly funded homebirth maternity care option, allowing local women to give birth in the comfort of their own home.

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The homebirth service, modelled on Western Health’s successful program, is an extension of the Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) program, which provides safe and sustainable maternity care.

MGP manager Kylie Cole said there had been interest from consumers in a local homebirth service being offered in the Geelong community. The new service will be offered to women who meet agreed clinical criteria and live within 30 minutes of University Hospital Geelong, and will begin taking formal bookings from next year.

“The choice of a planned home birth appeals to some women and their families, so we’re pleased to offer this service through Barwon Health,” she said.

“The process of accepting women into the homebirth program includes an assessment of suitability, taking into account the clinical criteria and their proximity to the hospital.”

Kylie said midwifery, obstetric and paediatric staff had worked closely with Ambulance Victoria in the planning process for the new service, in the event that a transfer to hospital is required.

An information forum on the homebirth service will be held on 14 December at the Deakin Medical School Heath Education & Research Building (HERB) Lecture Theatre or online via Zoom, with details available here:

View the patient information sheet here

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