How do you go about planning and organising a homebirth?


  • Reading books and research articles and looking at homebirth websites can help answer some of the questions you might have and give you a good idea of what is involved in having a homebirth.  There are also fantastic DVDs on homebirth as well as lots of birth stories available on the internet. See our Resources section for some helpful information.



How do you start planning a homebirth?


Photograph  by Victoria Berekmeri



  • Consider whether homebirth through a Midwifery Group Practice (hospital-led) or an Independent Midwife is the best option for you. 

  • Talk to birth professionals to see which one you click with! You might start by phoning some independent midwives to chat more about homebirth and whether or not it would suit you, or you may speak to midwives at your local Midwifery Group Practice. Remember that you are employing a care provider, and have the right to ask lots of questions about how any birth attendant (midwife, GP, obstetrician) cares for women in pregnancy, birth and postnatally. Ask for their statistics on interventions, hospital transfers and caesarean rates.


  • Once you have found a midwife that you feel comfortable with, who has vacancies and is available around your due date, she will arrange your first antenatal visit, usually at home. Many women find consultation hours more flexible than those provided by hospitals. This can make it easier for their husband/partner to meet the midwife too, and it is more convenient when there are other children because they can play until the midwife arrives and then be involved in the antenatal check.

  • Some women do not decide on homebirth until quite a way through their pregnancy, but it may still be possible to arrange.  It is best to phone a midwife for further advice.

  • Be aware that some GPs do not recommend homebirth because they are not aware of the up-to-date research, or that public hospitals are increasingly offering it as an option.