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Be prepared for your birth, the following leaflets have lots more information.

Getting here

Preparation

If labour has to be induced

Early labour

Pain relief

Birth

Home Births

If you have a straightforward pregnancy and both you and the baby are well, you might choose to give birth at home.

If you give birth at home, you’ll be supported by a midwife who will be with you while you’re in labour. If you need any help or your labour is not progressing as well as it should, your midwife will make arrangements for you to be transferred to hospital.

The advantages of giving birth at home include:

  • being in familiar surroundings where you may feel more relaxed and able to cope
  • you don’t have to interrupt your labour to go into hospital
  • you will not need to leave your other children, if you have any
  • you will not have to separated from your partner after the birth
  • you are more likely to be looked after by a midwife who you have got to know during your pregnancy

There are some things you should think about if you’re considering a home birth:

  • you may need to transfer to hospital if there are complications
  • epidurals are not available at home
  • your doctor or midwife may recommend that you give birth in hospital; for example if you are expecting twins, or if your baby is breech – your midwife or doctor will explain why they think a hospital birth is safer for you and your baby

Planning a home birth

Ask your midwife whether or not a home birth is suitable for you and your baby, or available to you. If it is, your midwife will arrange for members of the midwifery team to support and help you.

For more information about home birth please speak to your midwife.

Home birth drop-in sessions

Expectant mothers who would like to find out more about having a home birth are invited to attend an information session hosted by midwives from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For more information check our home birth drop in session schedule.

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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