Home birth

 Home birth is an option for women who wish to be cared for in the comfort of their own home. The midwives will care for you during labour and birth, and following birth will leave your home once you feel ready and confident for them to do so.

Our specialised home birth service is made up of a group of highly-skilled midwives and maternity support workers who are on-call day and night. The team have been established since 2014, with the sole aim to increase women's place of birth choices.

Why home birth?

  • women feel relaxed and free to move as they wish.
  • Be in control- power balance reverse when you invite the caregiver into your home. No need to ask permission or wait to do what you want.
  • Dedicated care- undivided attention from your birth team during labour.
  • Private and familiar- feel calm, relaxed and less inhibited in familiar surroundings.
  • Immediate bonding as a family- no need for separation from your baby or partner.

Is home birth safe?

It’s important to remember that having a baby in the UK is generally very safe. The Birthplace in England Study (2011) found that 88% of women who had a planned home birth had an intervention-free birth compared with 58% of planned obstetric unit births. NICE guidelines advise that healthy women may choose any birth setting and should be supported in their choice.

Home birth is particularly recommended for women who have given birth before.

The choice you have about where to have your baby will depend on your wishes and any needs for additional support you may have. Wherever you choose, the place should feel right for you.

What are the pain relief options for a home birth?

During your birth you’ll be at home, so you’ll be more relaxed and you will assume the natural positions for birth which make managing labour easier. All women planning a home birth are offered a pool at a discounted rate to help during labour, and we also provide entonox (gas and air) should you want this. Evidence shows that being relaxed, using upright positions in labour and using water all contribute significantly to making labour and birth more straightforward and comfortable.

If you’d like more information, then please take a look at our dedicated Home Birth leaflet[pdf] 250KB or get in touch with our team to discuss your options or come along to one of our regular home birth workshops to find out more.

You can call our office on 0121 335 8098 or email us at bwc.homebirthteam@nhs.net.

Birth Stories

If you'd like to hear first-hand stories from mum's that have experienced homebirth you can read more on our home birth stories page.

Our team

Some of our Home Birth team