Meet the wonderful mothers, part of this movement is women taking responsibility for their own births, grabbing back the reins of choice. After all no one else actually delivers the baby - not the doctor or the midwife. The mother delivers the baby, just as all female mammals, for millions of years.

Amanda Douge

AFI award winning actress, Amanda has appeared in films, television series and on stage in Australia, the UK and America. Amanda shares her first pregnancy and home birth journey as it starts in the UK on the NHS and finishes in Australia as part of the Sunshine Hospital home birth pilot program.

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Dr Sara Renwick-Lau

A remote-area GP, Sara worked for two years in Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, where isolation means it’s vital to be prepared and to avoid risks. Despite this she still chose an empowering, and totally natural, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) at home for her second child, with an independent midwife.

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Sarah Quinn

Sarah is as 21-year-old mother of two who juggles working and studying part time and looking after her young daughters. Her first birth was in a hospital and for her second she was the second woman to go through the home birth pilot program at Casey Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Johanna Preston

Johanna lives in the glamorous world of high fashion as an internationally renowned shoe designer and business woman. Johanna had her three children at home in her studio/residence with her independent midwife.

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Noni Hazlehurst

Noni is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected actors and is a winner of four Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, a recipient of an Order of Australia in 1995 and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Flinders University (SA). She is an ambassador and patron for numerous child welfare organisations. Passionate about women's rights Noni shares her beautiful home birth stories of both her sons.

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Vicki Car

A Croatian Australian, Vicki holds the prestigious position of Head Milliner at The Australian Ballet. Vicki experienced medical complications along her home birth journey, which eventually led to an emergency caesarean. She shares her experience, which she describes as positive because she was able to choose and retain independent midwife lead care.

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Tanya Kunoth

Tanya lives in a remote Aboriginal community in central Australia, 270 kilometres from the nearest hospital. She has four children; two were born in hospital and two born 'on country' with her care led by the community health service midwife.

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is an award-winning political journalist for The Canberra Times, based in the federal Parliamentary Press Gallery where she writes on a range of issues including education, social and womens' affairs. Emma had complications in her first pregnancy which led to a Caesarean section - a safe and positive experience for both mother and baby. Emma chose to have a second Caesarean with her daughter. She would love the debates around childbirth to be better informed and less judgemental.

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