Depending on your individual needs, you and your partner will be able to choose where to have your baby. This may be at home supported by a midwife.
Having a home birth can be a good option if you want to keep birth normal and avoid interventions.
Being at home means you’re in a place where you already feel comfortable which may help you feel relaxed and more able to cope with labour.
If you want to use water in labour or have a home water birth you can hire or buy a birthing pool
Home births are generally safe but every pregnancy and woman is different. If you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy with a second or subsequent baby, a home birth is as safe for your baby as a hospital birth.
Will a midwife be with me during my home birth?
Once you’ve booked to have a home birth you will usually be looked after by the community midwives who cover your local area.
When you’re in labour one of them will come to your house to support you. There will normally be two midwives with you by the time you’re in the later stages of labour and for the birth of your baby.