Who is Homebirth Australia?

HBA is the peak national body for Homebirth in Australia. For over thirty years, HBA has worked to support consumers and midwives who choose homebirth. The organisation is run by volunteers – consumers and midwives.

Homebirth Australia aims to:

  • support the rights of homebirth parents to choose how, where and with whom they give birth.
  • increase public awareness and acceptance of homebirth.
  • provide communication and support to members of Homebirth Australia.
  • provide information to parents planning homebirth.
  • provide information, support and networking to service providers.
  • convene an annual national conference.

If you are interested in having a homebirth and want to contact a private midwife you can find a midwife in your local area here or please contact Homebirth Australia.

Disclaimer – The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. This website is not a substitute for health and medical advice from a qualified health professional. Users of this website should always seek the advice of a qualified health professional with any questions they have regarding their health or a medical condition.

Homebirth Australia Committee 2012

Sonja MacGregor

Sonja MacGregor is HBA’s Treasurer and leads us with enormous passion, a strong will, lots of love and respect, and good humour.

Sonja has been a midwife since 2001. Much of this time has been spent within a hospital environment, rotating through all aspects of midwifery care, the birth centre and undertaking preparation for childbirth & parenting classes.  She started attending regular homebirths in 2006, as well as working within a caseload midwifery model of care in the hospital.  Her philosophy is that pregnancy & birth are normal life events, & that giving birth is an integral part of a woman’s life. It is every woman’s right to choose her carers, & where & with whom she gives birth.

Cherie Nixon

Cherie is HBA’s Coordinator.

She is the mother of three small children and lives in Geelong, Victoria.

For the last 5 years after completing her training with Rhea Dempsey as a birth advocate, She has been supporting women whom mostly birth at home.

She has been actively involved in the birthing community and advocacy since having a successful vaginal birth at home after her first child was born via c-section. She is very passionate about women making informed choice and having the knowledge and power to birth where she wishes.

She has also been MC Geelong president, running film nights, birth education classes and also organising home birthing community events.

Nicole Hacker

Nicole is HBA’s Membership Coordinator, she lives in Hobart with her husband and two children.  Nicole is a passionate advocate for women’s rights in birth and has a long standing interest in homebirth arising from the wonderful homebirth of her daughter in 2003.  Nicole has many years experience in membership and fundraising within the not for profit and community sectors.

Lynelle Hill