Childbirth and Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand (CBFT) and BAMBI Joint Position Statement on Planned Home Birth in Thailand
Published on: March 01, 2019
BAMBI and its parent organization, CBFT, releases its position statement on planned home birth in Thailand
Bangkok Mothers and Babies International (BAMBI) operates as a special project of the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand (CBFT) and are bound by the CBFT policy and position on birth in Thailand.
CBFT acknowledges that for international families, the healthcare system in Thailand may differ greatly from those in their home country, and, as such, wishes to clarify the legal implications of home birth in Thailand.
Currently, in Thailand, women are strongly encouraged to birth in a hospital and it is illegal for a practitioner not licensed and certified by Thai authorities, irrespective of their level of training internationally, to attend out-of-hospital births. Anyone attending home birth outside of this legal framework is doing so illegally, putting themselves and their clients at risk.
Should CBFT become aware of any unlicensed practitioners operating illegally by offering maternity care or birth services as defined by The Professional Nursing and Midwifery Act, B.E. 2528 (1985) As Amended by the Professional Nursing and Midwifery Act, B.E. 2540 (1997), we reserve the right to take further appropriate action.
Dr Tanit Habanananda (Chairman CBFT)
Melanie Habanananda (BAMBI Patron)