…She said many women who had undergone traumatic births, with extensive intervention, were eager to avoid a repeat performance but were often left with little choice.
''Keeping away from obstetric intervention by having a home birth is the best chance they have of achieving a normal vaginal birth,'' Ms Caines said.
Up to 70 per cent of home births were by women who had previously delivered by caesarean and there was a growing band who would deliver at home alone if home births were outlawed.
''We don't want that. It's sad that reasonable women and reasonable midwives are being pushed to unreasonable limits,'' Ms Caines said.
Ms Whitehair, who had longed for a natural birth, spent months researching a home delivery. Abi's birth, attended by two private midwives, cost her almost $5000 but was ''beautiful and textbook''.