We have experienced midwives who will offer specialist support and be by your side throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond. You will have two midwives present at the birth.
Our midwives have a passion for providing person-centred care, offering evidence-based information and supporting choice to empower you throughout pregnancy to achieve the birth you want in your own environment. We aim to ensure the care is tailored to you as an individual, and your birth partner and family.
Birthing at home has the following advantages:
- Familiar surroundings help you to feel safe and more relaxed.
- Privacy – allows you to relax which helps reduce adrenaline and aids the hormones needed for labour and birth.
- Control – as midwives we are your guests, you maintain control.
- You don't have to interrupt your labour to go into hospital.
- If you have other children, you will not need to leave them.
- Home birth is family inclusive, with partners and children having a more active role in the experience.
- Shorter labour lengths due to all of the above.
- Low intervention rates.
- Increased wellbeing and breastfeeding rates.
- You can mobilise freely, use mood lighting and music.
- The option to use a birthing pool during labour at home.
The care you receive
If you decide to go ahead with a planned home birth, your care will be carried out by our community midwives. This allows you to build a relationship with the team throughout your pregnancy, and when in labour a member of the team will attend and stay with you for the duration until after delivery. This trusting and close relationship that builds between yourself and the team helps when you are in labour, enhancing your experience and improving outcomes.
The team will continue to care for you during the postnatal period, with extended postnatal care provided when required to support the transition into parenthood. Additional breastfeeding support will be provided as we as reassurance regarding any other areas of concern.
We are able to offer a home water birth service. We hire out birthing pools (complete package), free of charge. Please click here for more benefits of water births.