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Home birth: what will actually happen

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Home birth: what will actually happen

You can choose where you give birth

As long as it’s clean and there’s room for a midwife, you can have your baby in the garden shed! If you want a birthing pool, order it a month in advance of your due date and it will be delivered at 38 weeks.

Everything you need is delivered in advance

Your midwife brings a birth pack at 37 weeks with everything from waste bags to medication and drips. You just need to stock up on teabags!

Two midwives attend

One midwife will join you when you near full labour. She’s likely to be the one you’ve seen antenatally. A second will assist with the delivery.

The mess is contained

Your midwife puts down a waterproof sheet and absorbent pads for the placenta and fluids.

Drugs are on hand

You can have gas and air, and pethidine. If you need help to deliver the placenta, you can have an injection. Your midwife can also give your baby the vitamin K injection, if you wish. 

You can change your mind if you want

If you want to go to hospital at any point, you can, unless you’re in a late stage of labour.

Help is at hand

If labour is not going to plan, your midwife will discuss with you about whether it is best to transfer you to hospital. Monitoring equipment is used to keep an eye on your baby, so any signs of distress will be picked up. If your baby needs help breathing at birth, the midwife will have the same resuscitation equipment used in hospital.

Someone else clears up afterwards 

Your midwife will take away the post-birth mess in waste bags.

 
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