If you have a straight forward pregnancy you can have the option to give birth at home.You will be cared for by our team of community midwives who work in the Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley Boroughs.
Will any equipment be provided?
Birthing pools, CUB (comfortable upright birth) stools and TENs (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines now form part of the kit carried by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Community Midwives. Although if you would prefer, you can provide your own equipment.
Gas and air (Entonox) will be available if you come to need it, and can be used alongside other natural methods to help you stay relaxed and calm during labour.
It may be important for you to note that epidurals are not available at a homebirth.
Who will attend a homebirth?
Two midwives will attend your birth, to support you and keep you comfortable. They will be able to suggest a variety of labour techniques suited to you, helping to make sure your experience is a positive one.
How can you find out more?
If you would like a home birth or would like more information please discuss this with your midwife.
If you decide on a home birth this will be discussed again with you at 34 and 36 weeks to ensure your pregnancy is still straight forward.
If you have not already, you can refer yourself directly to our maternity services without having to speak to your GP. You can call our maternity hotline on 07787 841 986.