Frequently Asked Questions

Midwifery care tailored to suit your specific needs throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth & beyond

‘No one tells you that the change is irreversible. That you will feel in your heart every pain, every loss, every disappointment, every rebuff, every cruelty that she experiences life long.’
Pam Brown

Who can have a homebirth
A homebirth is a safe option for a healthy low-risk woman who has had an uncomplicated pregnancy (single baby of 37-41 weeks who is head-down). She should also have the support of her family and be within a short distance of hospital.

The choice to birth at home should be an informed choice, bearing in mind that there are risks involved in birth at home and in hospital. Homebirth is never the ultimate goal– rather the safe delivery of your baby. Hospital is only a trip away. My job is to facilitate the birth that you decide upon. I will take the utmost care to monitor you and your baby and will suggest transfer to hospital should there be any signs out of the ordinary.

When to transfer into hospital from a planned homebirth?
It is impossible to know beforehand how you are going to feel at the time, or how the baby is going to react to labour. Certain events are better managed in the hospital than at home. Examples are: decelerations in the fetal heart rate, high blood pressure or fever, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or thick meconium. The most common reason to transfer is failure to progress (when labour becomes prolonged). Another reason to transfer is a need for medical pain relief such as pethidine or an epidural. A woman may decide at any point that she would feel more comfortable in hospital. Rarely does transfer occur for emergency complications.

How do I have a special birth in the clinical hospital environment?
Having a baby is an unpredictable, amazing, wonderful experience. I am happy to help women to have a good experience in hospital: ‘a home birth in hospital’. You do not need to change into a hospital gown and the bed does not need to be your space for labour and birth. Instinctively women choose to be on the floor in a position that relieves their pain. I will follow your lead and facilitate your birth as you choose whilst monitoring both you and baby. Most of my clients want to have skin-to-skin contact, to delay cord clamping and to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible. We usually delay the weighing and measuring of your baby til you are ready for a shower. We usually turn off most of the lights and try to keep to one room for labour and birth. Candles, music, aromatherapy oils and doulas are all welcome. Postnatally you will have the same care whether you had your baby at home or in hospital – with the midwife you have come to know during your pregnancy.

Life's Song ‘Life’s song, indeed, would lose its charm,
Were there no babies to begin it;
A doleful place this world would be,
Were there no little people in it.’

JG Whittier