It’s a controversial practice that has been branded both dangerous and irresponsible, but there's a growing trend among Australian women who are choosing to birth at home, free from any medical intervention or assistance.
Doctors and midwives say more women should be given access to publicly funded home births with hospital back-up after a study found they were associated with low rates of harm for women and their babies.
Women are turning their backs on the health system after being traumatised by childbirth in hospitals, according to a new paper from University of Sydney researchers.
South Australian deputy coroner Anthony Schapel this week ruled that it was a "matter of certainty" that three babies who died after homebirths would have lived if they'd been born in hospital, bringing more attention to an already fierce debate.
As a mum I have always been quite definite about the type of birth experience that I wanted to have and I was privileged to be able to avail myself of that choice. Here is what you need to know about choosing a home birth.
EB member Michelle shares the birth story of her daughter Pepper, born at home.
More than 50 Victorian women have safely given birth at home this year as part of a state government-funded trial that provides hospital back-up.
Doctors, fearing they will be sued, are refusing to prescribe drugs or order tests for women who want to give birth at home, and this is forcing mothers to give birth in hospitals or putting lives at risk, midwives say.
It took Bailey Mannion only 75 minutes to slip calmly into the world, amid the comforts of his own loungeroom, unaware he was quietly making history.
The Labor Government's threatened ban on home births is moving closer to reality.
Proposed laws which would stop mothers accessing registered midwives for home births would jeopardise the health of thousands of women and babies, a peak maternity group says.