Midwife team will help Peterborough homebirths

Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk, @peterboroughtel on Twitter, Facebook.com/peterboroughtoday

Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk, @peterboroughtel on Twitter, Facebook.com/peterboroughtoday

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Peterborough mums-to-be will be able to give birth at home thanks to a new team of midwives.

The Maternity department at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has set up a new team of midwives, who are dedicated to facilitating homebirths.

The team comprises five midwives that care for women, with low risk pregnancies, who choose to give birth at home rather than in hospital.

Serena McLean, Homebirth Team Leader, said: “We aim to provide continuity of care by the same midwife, where possible, which helps to build strong, trusting relationships between the woman and her midwife. To facilitate this we run a ‘meet the team’ session once a month to enable women to meet all of the midwives in the team. This ensures that they will have met the midwife who will be caring for them during labour at least once.”

The team have been busy raising awareness of the benefits of a homebirth for women with low risk pregnancies and now run monthly workshops that offer women the chance to receive information and practical advice on homebirth.

To celebrate the newly-established homebirth team, the Maternity department is holding an official launch on Friday 25 September at Peterborough City Hospital, where Cathy Warwick, CEO of the Royal College of Midwives will open the event.

Cathy Warwick said: “I am delighted to be attending the launch of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough homebirth team. This team ensures that women in the area have a true choice around place of birth. The numbers of women booking with the team indicate this is going to be a very popular service. Congratulations to everyone involved with this excellent initiative.’