Hospital or home birth?

We aim to provide you with unbiased information about the choices available to you to help you decided on the place of your baby’s birth. We encourage you to actively participate in the full range of antenatal care we can provide. This is to enable you to make an informed decision about the place of birth - at any point during your pregnancy.

Home births

We actively support a home birth service. If you wish to consider a home birth, please discuss this further with your midwife or obstetrician to enable appropriate choices and plans to be made.

For healthy women experiencing a normal pregnancy, birth at home is very safe and the incidence of adverse perinatal outcomes is low. Any problems identified in your pregnancy or previous pregnancies will be discussed with you and a plan of care agreed and clearly documented - you should also be aware that this may result in home birth not being recommended.

You can decide on where you would like to have your baby - at any stage during your pregnancy.

Our support for your choice is based on clinical assessments during pregnancy and labour, which may change depending on your needs. In the event of problems occurring at the onset or during labour, transfer to hospital may be recommended.

In hospital

For low risk women we can offer the birth centre as an alternative to birthing at home.

Women who planned birth in a midwifery unit had fewer interventions, for example starting a drip, and were less likely to have a Caesarean section in labour (Birth Place Study 2014).

We recommend that women who need consultant care during their pregnancy have their baby in the maternity unit labour ward. You may live near more than one maternity unit. Please discuss this with your midwife, who will be able to give you information about the different units to help you to decide which one you would prefer to attend.

Your midwife will be able to give you information about the facilities available to you