The Maternity Team at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT are reinstating their home birthing service.
Having their baby at home is a further choice of birth location for women in Tameside and Glossop in addition to the Midwifery led Acorn Birthing Centre and the consultant led maternity unit at the hospital.
In England and Wales, just over 1 in 50 pregnant women give birth at home. Giving birth is generally safe wherever women choose to have their baby and giving birth at home can make women feel more relaxed as they are in familiar surroundings.
The reinstatement of the service will be safely managed by individual assessments, use of infection prevention procedures and the wearing of PPE; the maintenance of social distancing as far as possible when providing care and the provision of appropriate resources to adhere fully to all national infection prevention and control guidance.
Head of Midwifery, Children and Young People at the Trust Kerry Reede Field said, “We are really pleased to be able to reinstate this service to give the women at Tameside and Glossop a further choice of birth environment.
“If you are pregnant and think this is something you might be interested in please speak to your named midwife to see if this is an option for you.”
Visiting remains restricted in the maternity unit at the Trust but it is something that the team are regularly looking at and as soon as it is deemed safe to do so a phased return will be implemented.