Most of my clients plan to give birth in the safety and privacy of their own home. I can provide birth support as a birth consultant if you plan to have an NHS midwife attend your homebirth.
A circular issued by our governing body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) gives guidance for mothers and midwives attending home births. It states that
“Research over the last couple of decades suggests that home birth is at least as safe as hospital-based birth for healthy women with normal pregnancies.”
Women and their partners feel more empowered in their own environment, not restrained by hospital routines, policies and time limits.
For birth partners who want to be fully involved, home birth provides the ideal environment. (see birth stories)
There is not normally much mess at a home birth. It is easily contained especially if you have a waterbirth. I do stay after the birth to observe mother and baby’s well-being and will help to clear-up.
Do your own research about actual or potential risk factors. The results of The Birth Place study can be found here. You cannot be forced to go into hospital. It is your baby and ultimately your choice of where and how you give birth.[See links and AIMS publication “Am I allowed” in my library]
More information and research about home birth can be found on Angela Horn’s brilliant website www.homebirth.org.uk
You can of course give birth in Hospital. Sometimes an unplanned transfer to hospital is needed. I will support you and accompany you wherever you give birth.