The Home Birth Program

Labour is two people working together, mother and baby. A mother must yield to wherever her baby takes her in labour. Preparation and plans have been of the mother’s making. Now she must open herself to the unknown of her baby travelling through her. Her work is hard and requires access to her own strength, and it is easy, because she can only follow her baby. There is no other choice. It is this combination of strength and yielding that brings a woman through birth in a manner in which she is able to learn more about herself. Whatever the delivery experience, whatever the outcome, it is a learning experience of great potential for the woman, one from which she can glean valuable insight into herself, if she is not afraid to look.”

from Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson.

Why Home Birth?


Women who choose to birth at home believe that birth is a normal, healthy, life event and that home birth is a family occasion, to be shared with their children and other selected family and friends. Women who give birth at home describe a sense of calmness, safety and control labouring in their familiar surroundings, which enables them to manage labour pain more easily.

Can I Birth on the MCBS?

Yes if:

  • You are experiencing a healthy low risk’ pregnancy.
  • You have a Medicare card (or if not you can arrange with the hospital to pay privately for your care)
  • You begin your pregnancy care with the MCBS before 34 weeks
  • You live within the MCBS catchment area
  • You are not seeking a breech, VBAC or twin birth
  • There is an available booking on the service

Women who choose to birth at home believe that birth is a normal, healthy, life event and that home birth is a family occasion, to be shared with their children and other selected family and friends.  Women who give birth at home describe a sense of calmness, safety and control labouring in their familiar surroundings, which enables them to manage labour pain more easily.

Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the Mullumbimby Birth Centre to view pregnancy and birth as normal healthy events in a woman’s life, unless complications present. Therefore if pregnancy and labour progress normally, Mullumbimby Birth Centre believes that adopting an attitude of care, safety and low intervention, provides the best opportunity to enhance the birthing experience of each family unit.

Mullumbimby Birth Centre practises continuity of maternity care and carer so as to promote woman centred care:

  • By fostering a trusting and mutually respectfulpartnership between the woman and her care provider.
  • By focussing on the woman’s individual, unique needs, expectations and aspirations.
  • By encompassing the needs of the baby, the woman’s family, her significant others and community, as identified and negotiated by the woman herself.
  • That is ‘holistic’ in terms of addressing the woman’s social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural needs and expectations. (Leap 2000).

Our Expectations of You

Our care encompasses a holistic approach and is one based on trust. We ask that you be honest with your communications with us, and that you hold a strong belief in the natural birthing process and the value of breastfeeding. We also ask that you seriously consider any recommendations that we make regarding your care.

Our Aim

The aim of our care is to enjoy your pregnancy with you, and help you in partnership with us prepare physically and mentally for your labour and parenthood. We achieve this by incorporating discussions, education, and positive attitudes when providing friendly, respectful interactions and physical examinations of you and your baby. We will provide you with information to assist you in making informed choices regarding your care during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Our Service

As a health service, within the Tweed Byron Maternity Service we work under the same risk management framework. We are therefore obliged to inform you of our policies & guidelines and how they will affect your choices in pregnancy and birth care. Throughout your care it is important that you discuss your expectations and specific preferences so that we can ensure that your needs are met.

In some cases it is useful to discuss your preferences and care with our doctors to negotiate a safe and satisfying outcome.