Welcome to HAS

Homebirth Access Sydney

Homebirth Access Sydney focuses on supporting homebirth families.

Pregnancy and birth are not an illness.

Homebirth Access Sydney (HAS) is a non-profit, community-based organisation. Our focus is on supporting homebirth families and increasing access to homebirth for women in NSW.

Article on 'The Conversation' summarises homebirth's legal status

Pushing home birth underground raises safety concerns (29 May 2012) by Hannah Dahlen, Associate Professor of Midwifery at University of Western Sydney

The Heart of Parenting ... a better world begins at home: 2 DAY COURSE in LANE COVE

Based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication & Connection Parenting

2 Consecutive Sundays

22 July & 29 July

in Lane Cove

When: 2 Consecutive Sundays - April 29 & May 6 2012

Place: Currambena Primary School, 205 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Time: 9am till 4.30pm

Cost: $300 per person, concession $250, couples $450

Agreed Homebirth Position Statement

This is the Homebirth Position Statement that was originally endorsed by Homebirth Australia, Maternity Coalition, Australian Private Midwives Association and the Australian College of Midwives [ACM] in 2009. ACM's current draft has not been endorsed by any other homebirth stakeholder groups. Please see the above response to the new draft...



NMBA Submission re Insurance May 2011


The problem

There is currently a major problem occurring with the process of complaints about midwives.  Several midwives around the country have had conditions placed on their registration due to complaints. These complaints are mostly from hospital staff when a labouring woman and her partner are transferring from a homebirth. Most of these restrictions demand that the independent midwife can only practice midwifery within a hospital birthing unit. This brings their homebirth practice to a screaming holt, leaving their women without a care provider and the midwife without an income!

New collaborative arrangements for midwives (posted Feb 2011)

what's happening in practice?

As you might recall from our November 2010 e-newsletter, the National Health (Collaborative arrangements for midwives) Determination 2010 was signed into law in mid July. The Determination defines the "collaborative arrangements" that midwives are required to demonstrate before a woman can receive Medicare rebates.

The Determination provides four options for collaborative arrangements. Each option requires the midwife to have some form of permission from a doctor.