Home Birth South Africa

A website dedicated to giving birth at home in South Africa…


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Home Birth South Africa was born out of a need and a frustration.

In 2010, we were both working as doulas. As doulas, part of our responsibility is to give mothers information and resources on their birthing choices and option. As home birthers ourselves, it was very frustrating not to be able provide any local information or resources on home birth. And so, it was on the phone one day, when we were yet again complaining to each other about the state of birth in this lovely country of ours, that we suddenly had the idea to start the home birth gatherings.

The first home birth gathering took place in friend and colleague Caitlyn Collins’ garden. It was very informal and mothers, doulas, midwives and interested parties sat in a circle and shared their stories, wishes and questions. The format of the gatherings have not changed much and take place every three months in the Cape Town area. You will find the latest event here.

Home Birth South Africa and its website was born out of the gatherings when we saw a need for a database and a way to share home birth stories and information on a national level.We are so grateful to all the families who have so openly shared their stories and photographs with us. Having local stories to share makes the possibility of home birth within the South African context more real and tangible.


Find a home birth friendly midwife, doula, birth centre, antenatal class and other people to support you in your choice to birth at home







Read a South African home birth story 






Find information and have your questions on home birth answered 




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Click here for the next Cape Town Home Birth Gathering Event






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Write to us, give us feedback, submit a story, ask a question, list your home birth friendly business, book for the next Cape Town Home Birth Gathering, and tell us how fabulous we are!