Home births con­sid­ered

Hos­pi­tal not the only place ba­bies are be­ing born

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

FOR most women, giv­ing birth in­volves a trip to the hos­pi­tal, doc­tors, nurses, and ma­ter­nity wards.

But for one midwife, she’s de­liv­er­ing ba­bies in a to­tally dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment - at her client’s homes.

Pri­vate prac­tice midwife Sonya Beu­tel has been work­ing in her role for 15 years, and at one stage cov­ered ar­eas within five hours of Toowoomba.

Mrs Beu­tel said the num­ber of women choos­ing home births over hos­pi­tal births was in­creas­ing.

“There’s a whole lot more mid­wives who pro­vide home birth ser­vices across Queens­land now than there ever used to be, and that’s why I don’t have to travel five hours any more.

“In the last few years I’ve def­i­nitely had more clients who have been out­side of the out­skirts of Toowoomba look­ing for home births.”

Mrs Beu­tel said she’s re­ceived en­quiries into her ser­vices from around Queens­land, in­ter­state, and even in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Mrs Beu­tel said women are choos­ing to give birth out­side of hos­pi­tal partly due to a lack of ser­vices, but es­pe­cially out of a de­sire for a spe­cific birth ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There’s lots of ser­vice is­sues, there have been for many years in the ru­ral part of Queens­land,” she said.

“I’ve had lots of fam­i­lies con­tact me be­cause they’ve wanted dif­fer­ent op­tions or dif­fer­ent birthing ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I’ve had a cou­ple of ba­bies out at Me­an­darra so for them there was no ser­vices lo­cally.

“But most of the time they might want to have their ba­bies out where they live, even though they do still have birthing ser­vices, but they just want to have a dif­fer­ent way of birthing or a dif­fer­ent type of birthing in a more sup­port­ive way.”

Mrs Beu­tel said she had found an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for moth­ers was con­ti­nu­ity of care and emo­tional sup­port dur­ing and af­ter their preg­nancy.

“By hav­ing the same care provider, it ac­tu­ally en­ables them to have some­one who can ground them, some­body who is that con­tact per­son for them, some­body that can look to them and go, ‘it’s ac­tu­ally ok’,” she said.

There could be an in­creased de­mand for home births as Chinchilla Hos­pi­tal’s birthing unit con­tin­ues to be on by­pass to Dalby Hos­pi­tal. Fif­teen ba­bies have been born in Dalby since the by­pass be­gan in De­cem­ber.

It... en­ables them to have some­one who can ground them.

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