From Monday the 26th October 2020, we are recommencing our full homebirth service for women who are booked for care with us and live within our care boundaries.
We continue to request that those women opting for a homebirth fulfil the requirements as explained by their Community Midwife. This supports the safety of mothers, babies and the whole family, as well as our maternity staff and will help to reduce the spread of infection from COVID-19.
The homebirth service will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the extra demands that it places on hospital and emergency services. We will update you of any service changes.
You can give birth at home, in a unit run by midwives (a midwifery unit or birth centre) or in hospital.
Your options about where to have your baby will depend on your needs, risks and, to some extent, on where you live.
If you're healthy and have no complications ("low risk") you could consider any of these birth locations. For women with some medical conditions, it's safest to give birth in hospital, where specialists are available. This is in case you need treatment during labour.
Women who give birth at home or in a unit run by midwives are less likely to need assistance such as forceps or ventouse (sometimes called instrumental delivery).
Wherever you choose, the place should feel right for you. You can change your mind at any point in your pregnancy.