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Northampton General Hopsital - reinstates home birth service including first time mums

NGH reinstates home birth service including first time mums

The home birth service, provided by the midwifery team at Northampton General Hospital, has now been reinstated for all women, including first time mums.

Women who are considering a home birth should be encouraged to talk through their birth plans with their midwife.  All pregnant women registered with NGH will continue to receive information and guidance on how to access services during Covid-19.  This information is also available on the hospital web site and on tye Maternity Voices Partnership Facebook page.

Earlier this year the service was suspended due to COVID-19 to ensure staff could support safe maternity care in the hospital. By suspending the service the team were able to continue to offer women midwifery-led care and continuity of carer, where possible, in the Barratt Birth Centre.

The decision to reinstate services for all women reflects our current staffing position and continues to follow guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The service is being reinstated in accordance to the latest guidance and the hospital has tailored their service in line with national guidance to ensure safe care for families. This is being regularly reviewed and the team are also working in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure there is paramedic support available if required.

 

Northampton General Hopsital - reinstates home birth service including first time mums