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The Role & Activities of Homebirth Queensland

  • We promote the right of choice in all birth and health matters
  • We offer education and support to all pregnant women who seek it
  • We offer information on natural healing methods, pain relief and nutrition
  • We offer information of Independent practicing Homebirth Midwives who are members as well as those that we are aware of. We do not recommend specific Midwives but generally these midwives have shown themselves to practice according to standards endorsed by Homebirth Queensland
  • We encourage the active participation of all member Parents and Midwives in all areas concerning Homebirth Queensland

Goals

  • to promote interest in, and disseminate information on, childbirth
  • to share information among and between parents, midwives, doctors, hospitals and health services
  • to assist in the provision of community support for parents approaching childbirth, during the birth and throughout parenthood
  • to provide emotional, educational and practical support for persons who want a homebirth
  • to promote improvement in the physical, mental and social conditions of childbirth, wherever it takes place
  • to ensure that all regulatory bodies – local, state and federal are aware of current homebirth research so that any legislation, rules or changes being formulated are based on a wide range of studies
  • to encourage those who train doctors and midwives to include the theory and practice of non-interventionist obstetrics in formal courses
  • to seek to remove any financial disadvantages of homebirth compared with hospital birth
  • to maintain contact and liaison with other homebirth associations
  • to record and analyse statistics relating to homebirth
  • to establish standards of practice, knowledge, experience and ethics which the Association requires of homebirth midwives
  • to be a referral centre for homebirth midwives
  • to share our knowledge and experiences of natural birth with other women
  • to learn more about our bodies and birth and to foster belief in women’s ability to birth naturally
  • to prepare midwives for the type of support and service women need and expect and to guide midwives in maintaining a quality service
  • to support the midwives who choose to serve us

The Homebirth QLD constitution is available for download here.