Findings from an evaluation conducted by the Judith Lumley Centre assists in decision making about the future operation and expansion of the homebirthing option in Victoria:
From 2011 to 2012 the Judith Lumley Centre (then Mother and Child Health Research) conducted an evaluation of the Victorian homebirthing pilot program on behalf of the Victorian Department of Health. The findings were released in part by the State Government in March 2013.
In November 2013 the findings of the report were used to inform a motion passed in the Victorian State Parliament to expand public hospital homebirth services, including committing to fund start-up costs of homebirth programs to hospitals providing maternity services in the next State budget; developing State-wide guidelines and information for health services implementing homebirth services; developing systems to prospectively collect costing data; and supporting further research into the safety of homebirth programs and research to compare clinical outcome data associated with low risk births in different birth settings.
"Today's motion means that we're going to see some real progress and soon women will be accessing this expanded maternity service." said Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland, who moved the motion (more details are available on her website).