On International Home birth Day (Saturday 6 June) we’re highlighting the work of our dedicated Home Birth service delivered by midwives who specialise in caring for women who choose to give birth at home.
Home birth is free for all women to access and women who choose to give birth at home still have full hospital services available to them if they need them or if they change their mind about where to give birth.
Midwives attending a home birth are “professional guests”. They are in your home by your invitation and are trained to fully honour and respect your personal space, your individual birth choices and birth plan wishes, and your family's cultural and religious practices.
The vast majority of homes are "suitable" for a home birth. All you need is access to a bathroom, a source of heat and light, a waterproof base layer (such as a groundsheet, shower curtain or mattress protector) and some clean towels. The midwives will bring all other equipment including emergency equipment and will clean up and take any waste at the end.
If you are interested in Home birth you can contact the team on 0121 335 8098 or find out more details on their webpage https://bwc.nhs.uk/homebirth
The dedicated team are currently hosting Zoom workshops for those considering their options for birth. The sessions will be discussing home birth and the facts and information you need to make an informed decision about your care. For more information and to sign up visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zoom-home-birth-workshop-1h30-session-tickets-106738537840?aff=erelexpmlt