Congratulations on your pregnancy. If you are looking for a personalised and supportive birth experience in the comfort of your own home, we hope this space provides you with helpful information.
Our collective of self-employed community midwives (SECMs) are dedicated to working with women and their families to make home births a reality, within in a maternity system where access through mainstream obstetric care can be limited.
The CMA was established in 2008 to provide support, insurance and resources to our SECM (self-employed community midwife) members.
We work in partnership with the HSE ( Health Service Executive) and the SCA (State Claims Agency) with access to their clinical Indemnity insurance. This ensures that the CMA midwife members can provide high quality service to women and their families.
If you are considering a homebirth, please contact the CMA, or any of our midwife members, for details.
Collectively, we aim to demonstrate and promote best practice, work collaboratively with professional colleagues to improve the service to women and their families, and consult with stakeholders and decision makers, to improve access and services for all.
Respecting a mothers choice, and human right, to not only physical safety for her and her baby, but also psychological, physiological, cultural and spiritual safety means the conversation needs to refocus on equity of access for options on place of birth and services for all women.
The National Maternity Strategy (2016-2026) acknowledges this, and the need for a nationally integrated homebirth service, stating its commitment to a well-supported, and resourced, homebirth service option for all healthy, well mothers and their babies. Currently, the HSE and NWHIP, are actively moving towards this integrated homebirth service. There is uncertainty about how this may look in the future.
“The first intervention in birth, that a healthy woman takes, is when she walks out the front door of her home, in labour. From that first intervention, all others will follow”. Dr. Michael Rosenthal – Obstetrician