Home births considered
Hospital not the only place babies are being born
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.