I respect women’s choice to give birth wherever they feel most comfortable. Some people believe that hospital birth is safest for all women, but research does not support this. see the results of the Birth Place Study into place of birth here. Of course High risk medical or obstetric conditions may be best managed with access to surgical facilities, but most pregnancies are low risk, and as such women won’t usually need doctors whilst giving birth.
As an Independent midwife I am not allowed to practice my midwifery skills to their fullest extent in the hospital setting, unless I am employed by that hospital. I cannot administer drugs or “deliver” your baby (although I don’t deliver babies anyway – I support women as they give birth!). I can attend your birth as one of your birth supporters, midwifery advisor and advocate. Often only 2 birth supporters are suggested by hospitals, this is usually because of the lack of space in small labour rooms.
I would always recommend women who give birth in hospital to have more than one birth supporter. If your partner wishes to be present at this special time to witness this amazing event that’s wonderful, but also consider your needs. You need to have someone strong to accompany you throughout this journey. Your partner will need to take breaks to eat, rest and visit the toilet and you will still need support whilst they do this. It really helps to have at least one woman who has given birth successfully herself, or has a positive attitude to birth.
I can provide support throughout the birth process. Reminding you of your birth preferences, and encouraging you to ask questions about proposed care plans. Research has shown that a constant support from birth partners throughout labour results in:
- 50% reduction in caesarean rates
- 25% shorter labour
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
From ‘Mothering the Mother’ by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).
I can also accompany you to consultant appointments or scans if required.