Home births are once again available for expectant mothers under the care of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The home birth service, suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Has now been re-introduced after a meeting of midwives resolved any issues or concerns they had to ensure the safe delivery of babies at home.
Stephanie El-Malak, Head of Midwifery, held a physically distanced focus group to plan the safe reintroduction of the home birth service. Community midwives met to discuss any issues that may compromise the safety of women, their families and staff. Who will attend if a woman chooses to birth her baby at home.
Stephanie said: “Home births is one of the safest options for low risk pregnancies so we’re thrilled to be able to bring it back.
“Our meeting was very constructive where solutions to all issues raised by the teams or the women were found.
“I’m really proud that our midwives were the driving force behind brining home births back. They helped produce new guidance and information so we can begin to once again provide safe home deliveries.”
The home birth service will be reintroduced on Monday 15 June.
Mums-to-be should discuss their birthing plans with their community midwife.