If you would like to have your baby at home please ask your midwife as soon as you think this may be of interest to you.
The evidence shows that having a baby at home is a safe option for delivery when you are healthy, well and experiencing a normal “low risk” pregnancy. Your Midwife is fully qualified to help you make this assessment.
This can be the perfect choice for women who would like to give birth at home accompanied by their family and/or friends for support. A woman is more likely to feel relaxed and progress well in a familiar environment. research shows that those women who are suitable and then choose to birth at home are less likely to need pain relieving drugs, and less likely to need a caesarean section.
The midwives within the team are all experienced and are able to provide you with the expertise to support you in labour. Sometimes it may be necessary to transfer by ambulance into hospital; a common cause for this is requesting an epidural for pain relief, or if any complications develop for you or your baby. Your Jubilee Midwife will remain with you in the hospital setting if this was to become neccesary too.
Individual planning for birth will take place in the weeks before your baby is due. At 34 weeks into your pregnancy you will be contacted by a midwife from the dedicated Home Birth Service run by experienced midwives with a particular interest in supporting women to give birth at home.
Safer Birth Clinic
If you or your pregnancy are considered to fall outside of a 'low risk' pathway but you would still like to consider a homebirth, we would ask to refer you to our Safer Birth Clinic. Here you will meet with an Obstetrician and/or a Supervisor of Midwives.
Whilst birthing at home may not be recommended we wish to work with you to help you make an informed choice. By arranging for you to meet with the team we hope to work with you to make a decision that is right for you and your family.
Of course, if you do decide to have a homebirth even if we have recommended otherwise, we will support you to make sure it is the safest it can be. Please do not be concerned about an appointment with the Safer Birth Clinic, it is to help you make what is absolutely your choice regarding the delivery of your baby. Our role is to give you the most up to date, evidence based information to enable you to make that decison.
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