We have temporarily paused the Homebirth program.
Please feel free to read the information in the link below however please don't complete form at this stage.
Once we have recommenced the program this page will be updated and we welcome your interest.
With ThanksMGP Management Team
Sunshine Hospital is one of two metropolitan sites chosen by the Victorian Department of Health (DoH) to offer women a publically funded homebirth 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 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 within 30 minutes travel time 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.
Further criteria in information package
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that any woman accepted into the program understands that the option of homebirth support by Western Health may be withdrawn on clinical or environmental grounds at any time during the pregnancy or childbirth experience.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 our homebirth program -
Please read the following information
Please complete this form and return via email to [email protected]
Any questions please email [email protected]