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If your homebirth has been cancelled…

With many homebirth services being temporarily suspended across the country, let’s focus on easing your anxiety and getting you better prepared for labour and birth in hospital. As a birth doula, I have supported labouring women at home and in hospital – here are some practical tips which may be helpful for your preparation, for your options and for your mindset. The benefits of a homebirth are that you don’t go anywhere, the midwives come to you so the transition of moving to hospital need to be managed and being at home means you can wander freely at home where you feel more comfortable but this can be managed as well. Many parents want to stay at home for as long as possible before transferring to the maternity unit. This depends on how comfortable you are at home and how safe you feel as you may reach a point during your labour where you want the reassurance of a midwife. It can also help to keep in touch with the maternity unit during early labour …

Maternity Units

The Pregnancy, Birth & New Baby Guide is packed full of information, ideas and tips for expectant and new parents. These pages focus on providing you with a range of useful information about the maternity units for parents living across Tyneside… Just get in touch with me if you would like to discuss where to have your baby.

Homebirth

Homebirth can be brilliant option for some parents – calm, undisturbed, familiar and relaxed with a midwife coming to you. It’s about dedicated one-to-one care throughout labour and birth which reduces complications and the need for interventions. The latest research also finds that planned homebirth for women & babies who are healthy and considered low risk is as safe as being in hospital. Even if you aren’t considered low risk, you can still opt for a homebirth – it depends what the issues are and, therefore, what the risks are. Talk to your community midwife about it, do some reading and ask some questions to gather more knowledge so you can work out if it is the right choice for you. And there’s no rush to make a decision, you can decide to birth at home well into your third trimester. Going into hospital: About 45% of first time mums transfer into hospital during labour (but 55% do not!) while only 12% of second time mums transfer into hospital. The main reasons for transfer are …