Sunshine Hospital is one of two metropolitan sites chosen by the Victorian Department of Health (DoH) to offer women a publically funded homebirth (pilot) maternity care option where they meet the eligibility criteria. The option for homebirth is an extension to the existing Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) caseload midwifery program. MGP works within a consultative and collaborative framework to provide a safe, efficient and sustainable maternity care option for all eligible pregnant women.
Each woman's maternity care is a seamless process. A 'known' midwife along with her MGP midwifery partner, provide continuity of midwifery care throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and early mothering experiences until hand over to the family's Maternal and Child Health Nurse (MCHN) and General Practitioner (GP).
Prior to being accepted into the homebirth program each woman is assessed to confirm her suitability for the homebirth program.
The following criteria are required to be met for acceptance and participation in the homebirth program:
A single uncomplicated pregnancy with a cephalic (head) presentation
A term pregnancy, between 37 – 42 weeks gestation
The woman resides in the Western Health catchment area or within a 30 minute radius of Sunshine Hospital.
The home environment is assessed by the midwife to ensure it is safe for the mother, baby and midwives
The woman has current Ambulance Victoria membership.
It is important to ensure that any woman accepted into the program understands that the option of homebirth support by Western Health may be withdrawn on clinical or environmental grounds at any time during the pregnancy or childbirth experience. If you are not eligible or you are transferred out of the Homebirth program you will remain in the care of your MGP midwife.
To be considered for the Homebirth Pilot program email:
the date your baby is due
add 'Homebirth request' in the subject line