Where to have my baby

Smiling mother and baby

At your first appointment and towards the end of your pregnancy the midwife will discuss where you would like to have your baby.

You can choose from three birth settings:

If you have a straighforward pregnancy, it is usual to give birth at home or in the birth centre.

If your pregnancy is not straightforward, you may be advised to give birth in the hospital delivery suite.

Click the link below to view the place of birth decision tree which gives the pros and cons for each of the three birth settings.

If you're not sure about where you would like to give birth, have a look at our place of birth decision tree – your midwife will also discuss your options with you:

Place of birth decision tree >>

Place of birth poster>>

You can watch video made by Bexley Maternity Voices. In the film one mum describes the birth centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as being like a 5-star hotel and she didn't want to go home!