The trial will run for three years, which will see around 24 women per year give birth at home under the government’s proposed initiative.
Applications to be part of the trial will open in October, with the view of the first home births to take place in February 2017.
Commenting on the trial, Health Minister Simon Corbell, said: “Pregnancy is an exciting time for women and their families and I’m pleased we can now provide women more choice when they have their baby.”
Homebirths under the trial will be eligible to women with low-risk pregnancies and live within a 30-minute catchment area of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran.
“The ACT has been one of the few jurisdictions without such a service, and that’s largely been due to complications with achieving sufficient insurance cover for the government to undertake the service. With those issues now resolved, we’re in a good position to offer the service and I am delighted it will be offered to eligible mothers from October this year for a three-year period,” Simon Corbell added.
During the trial, where two midwives will be present, women who choose to have a homebirth will be required to undergo continuous risk assessments throughout their pregnancy and labour to ensure it is safe for them to have their baby at home.
Further information about the trial can be found on the ACT Government website.
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Source: Canberra Times