Choice is important, especially around one of the biggest decisions you are likely to make in your life - and, arguably, that of your baby's.
The re-opening of Launceston Birth Centre next month is welcome news for our community, and the new citizens who are yet to join us.
After announcing in April that it would have to close due to a struggle in finding endorsed midwives on a permanent basis and financial difficulties, there was relief when the centre's plans changed.
The centre has been running since 1983, providing an important service that, at its peak in the 90s, helped with around 120 births a year.
While the service provided by the Launceston Birth Centre is not suitable for everyone, it provides an alternative for mothers who do not wish to give birth in hospital.
Having alternative options is vital.
Mothers using the centre can choose to give birth there, or in their own homes.
The swelling of community support for the centre after its April announcement is evidence of just how important that service is to Northern Tasmanian mothers.
Its location right near Launceston General Hospital also means that if something should happen when further medical intervention is needed, the maternity unit is a walk away.
Launceston Birth Centre committee member and midwife Anna Holloway stresses that home birthing and non-hospital birthing is not for everyone, but it was always about giving women the choice to decide on the right option for them.
"We just got to the place where we didn't have many clients and we were borrowing midwives," Ms Holloway said.
"But we couldn't keep doing that and the centre couldn't run."
The centre's permanent midwife arrives next week and 14 clients are already booked in, ensuring Launceston's newest medical professional will have plenty of work, plus lots of new space to host gatherings and antenatal classes after its expansion.
This is what happens when a community bands together for its betterment.