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    Default Cost of a homebirth

    What does it cost to have a homebirth?

    Would having a homebirth for your frst baby be a big no no?

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    Not really sure, but I think it costs around $3500- that's what I read on another site. I don't think having a homebirth for a first birth would be a no no at all- I think it's worth the investment of having a professional midwife- if there are problems you transfer to the hospital-

    Trust your body and trust what you want for your birth- you are more likely to get the birth you want at home than you are at the hospital! And the stats show that a homebirth is just as safe as a hospital birth! Have a look at http://www.joyousbirth.info/ for some more info

    Good luck with planning!
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    Matthew 9/07- my vbac bubby
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    Hi, Cost's vary depending on what sort of care you are after and of course how much your own Midwife charges. You can also consider getting a Doula in as an extra support person.

    My HB cost me just over $3,000 although I do think that is on the lower end.

    There is no reason why you can't birth your first baby at home. Afterall whether it's baby no1 or baby 10 all labours and births are different.

    Do your research, there are plenty of sites out there to look at. Information is power, do not let others who think you birth ideas "not safe" or not the "right way" talk you out of it. The first thing you need to do is contact some private midwives who are experienced in HB's as they book out very fast.

    If you need anymore information feel free to email me. I have lots of different sites to look at and even some Midwives numbers
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    I know someone who is planning a home birth in a few months, she said it is costing her $2500.
    Miss J - 2004
    Master K - 2007
    Miss L - Oct 2013

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    Thanks ladies.

    I was actually surprised last night, I asked my DP if it would be ok if I had a homebirth.
    he said "Sure, it's not like you need to go to hospital, you aren't sick" . Pleasant shock!

    Shame my Dad isn't in Australia, although I could get him to come over if and when I give birth, he's a doctor. Even though I wouldn't want him delivering the baby it would be nice to have him there is something wasn't quite right.
    he delivered me and my 4 siblings.

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    good on you for exploring all options. i am having a homebirth in November yay! in WA the state government funds the CMP (community midwifery program) which offer 150 places each year for homebirthing, the only cost is $110 rego fee. check out what is available in your area. Joyus Birth will definatley help with this (there link is above somewhere).

    i wish i coud have had my first at home, would have been great. all safety aspects are well looked after with midwives, like back up hospital etc

    all the best
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    jarrahsmumma - I am so envious of you I could cry!

    I got a quote for a homebirth in Sydney.

    four grand. This price combined with DP's reluctance equals a hospital birth for me, sadly.

    I do have a doula though, so I can stay home for as long as possible.

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    Part of the way I got my DH to agee to it was by saying that for a private OB you pay roughly the same. They may or may not make it there in time and generally are only there for the pushing stage if that. My midwife was with me for my whole labour. She really earnt her money that night
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    DD Tehya 4, DD Abbey 22 months

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    I had my first baby at home last year with a Midwife, also using the Community Midwifery Program here in Perth. It is government funded, so I too only had to pay the $110 administration fee, and $55 for the hire of the birth pool.

    I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Toad
    What does it cost to have a homebirth?

    Would having a homebirth for your frst baby be a big no no?
    Personally I think it's the other way around - birthing your first baby in Hospital when you have had a normal pregnancy and are experiencing a normal labour is the dangerous and scary option, statistically! Homebirth outcomes being what they are (ie: very good, and comparatively, outstanding), it's a much safer option to birth at home with a known careprovider for your first and subsequent babes. I'm so glad to see you investigating all your options.

    I think a previous poster already provided the link to the Australian Homebirth Network, Joyous Birth; but just in case you missed it, here it is again:

    www.joyousbirth.info

    There is also the Australian Unassisted Pregnancy and Childbirth site that you may be interested in including in your research:-

    http://www.purebirth-australia.com/

    The cost of a homebirth can vary from state to state and midwife to midwife, but the first thing I discovered during my research was that I couldn't afford not to have homebirths in future. You may reach the same conclusion. The cost of a healthy Mama and babe is small, compared to the alternative outcome's potential ongoing costs. Many private health Insurers will pay part or all of the costs incurred by a registered care provider attending homebirths. I believe some may be claimable on tax, too, if over a certain amount. Most midwives will wait until you receive the Government Maternity payment before they expect their fee (and what better way to spend the BABY bonus then on the wellbeing of Mama and BABY? ), or will accept instalments over time - some will even enter into a barter system (I've heard of a midwife being paid in carrots!). Doulas are also willing to negotiate their fee, so whether you decide on a homebirth with a midwife, a Doula, or a professionally unassisted birth, you have countless options. It may require some legwork and manoeuvering to arrive at your final destination, but it's possible.

    Some articles on homebirth from Joyous Birth:-

    http://www.joyousbirth.info/articles/hbqa.html
    http://www.joyousbirth.info/homebirth.html
    http://www.joyousbirth.info/articles/whatdoineed.html

    Resources for your own ongoing research:-

    http://www.joyousbirth.info/resources.html

    You can also hire items like birth pools, etc, for a small fee from Joyous Birth. Help and information is always available if you wish to seek it out.

    Best wishes for your journey!
    Aiden 12.06.05 (Birth Centre babe)

    Layla 05.05.07 (freebirthed on International Midwives' Day )


 

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