Birthing at home is often seen as unsafe and mums and dads who were considering it can get talked out of it by well-meaning relatives. If you are considering a home birth and someone you love and respect is telling you it’s a bad idea, ask yourself what they actually know about home births. Maybe their fear is actually misplaced through lack of information.

Home births are safe for healthy mums and their healthy babies, they allow you to stay in your own surroundings, helping you feel relaxed and comfortable. If something out of the ordinary occurs and you need extra support during the birth you will be transferred to hospital by ambulance very quickly.

If you are having a complex pregnancy and you really want to have a home birth talk this through with your midwife. You can still request a home birth.

Before your birth a community midwife will visit you and explain what happens during your home birth, when to call her and what will happen from then onwards.  It is usual for midwives to leave a home birth pack with you before the birth.  If you want to birth in water you can rent or buy a birthing pool.

When it is time for your baby to be born your midwife will arrange for another midwife to join you so there is one midwife for you and one for your baby. The midwives clear away all equipment while you are cuddling your newborn. If you need extra support during the birth you will be transferred to hospital by ambulance.