Lifestyle

Home-birth program launched

TWEED women choosing to give birth at home now have the support of the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) with a new home birthing program launched last month.

All women considered healthy and likely to have an uncomplicated pregnancy who live within 30-40 minutes of Tweed, Mullumbimby or Lismore Base Hospitals will be eligible to participate in the 12 months Home Birth pilot.

NNSW LHD chair Hazel Bridgett said two women per month would be accepted into the program.

She said the board had received advice from a Home Birth Steering Committee, which included obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwifery nurse specialists, expert clinicians and consumer representatives.

"The Board has satisfied itself that the NNSW LHD midwives have the necessary experience, credentials and skills to undertake Home Births," Ms Bridgett said.

"The Board has also assured itself that a strong policy framework will be put into place, so that pregnant women agree to safety requirements to support the home birth.

"Further, the pregnant women need to agree that home births will only proceed if they remain low risk births and to acknowledge that if their birth risk increases, then the birth cannot proceed as a supported home birth."

Once the 12 month pilot is completed the board will make a decision on whether the program will continue.

Topics:  home birth, northern nsw local health district, pregnancy



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Aldi ready to threaten Coles and Woolworths stranglehold

THEY are the little supermarket that could in Australia.

Fingal surf club welcomes grant

Felicity Moore, 5, celebrates the announcement of $20,000 for Fingal Surf Life Saving Club with volunteers Joel Slabb, Leanne Moore, David Dempsey, Allen Wise and Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club has had some welcome help

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest