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Community Midwives Hold Home birthing Event

Newsdate: 20 April 2018


Nationally, the percentage of women who give birth at home is just two per cent, but community midwives at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust are encouraging those who are expecting their latest bundle of joy to think about home birthing.

To discuss the option and raise awareness of the suitability of homebirth as an option for mums-to-be, an information event is to be held on April 23 for those interested in considering this as a birthing option.

Maxine Guy, Community Midwife for WWL said: “It is always a privilege to assist at the birth of a new-born and to help facilitate a positive birth experience.

“As a community midwife it is wonderful to provide one-to-one care in the comfort of the women’s home environment and we are doing lots to promote and raise awareness of home birthing as an option for most women.”

Maxine added: “Evidence tells us that the home, for low risk women for those having a second or third baby, is the safest place to birth your baby and as a Trust we actively support giving women the choice.”

Mum-of-two Rachel Singleton, from Wigan, is one such woman who has recently had a home birth.

Rachel gave birth to her second child, Beau, in February and was assisted by Maxine, along with Community Midwife, Claire Roff and third year student midwives, Danielle Irving and Sarah Hill.

Rachel said: “I’d had a natural birth in hospital with my first baby and it went extremely well so there was no reason I couldn’t consider a home birth for my second.

“I’d also had a water birth with my first so it was important to me to have one again and a homebirth was the only way I could guarantee that this would be possible.

“Immediately after I’d given birth we went into the living room and were passed the baby and we had our first feed on our couch. We were all comfy and cosy and it was lovely to have all our family together in our own home.

Rachel added: “We’ve been lucky enough to experience both a hospital and home birth and both were great in their own ways but I really would advise anyone thinking of having a homebirth to go for it.

“It was a really positive experience for us.”

Danielle Irwing Student Midwife said: “As a third year student midwife I had not yet experienced a homebirth.

“When my mentor and I were called to Rachel and Mark’s home I was full of excitement and anticipation to be able to be part of this wonderful experience.

“Rachel was absolutely amazing and I was left in awe of this beautiful birth and it was a moment I will never forget.”

Rachel recently visited the maternity ward at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, to catch up with the team who helped to bring her son into the world.

Rachel said: “It was really funny seeing everyone again, Beau is growing fast so they were surprised at how big he’d got.

“They were all cooing over him and it was lovely to see them all happy and smiling and doing such a wonderful job.

Alison Murray, Outpatient Maternity Matron said: “Our midwives at WWL are committed to providing choice and personalisation of care throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond for all families.

“Providing mothers with information regarding homebirth as an option for them will support women making a truly informed decision over their care and what is right for them.”

For more information on home birthing, Community Midwives will be available to answer any questions at the WWL Homebirth Event at Westfield Children’s Centre, Montrose Avenue, Wigan on April 23 between 5.30pm –and 7.30pm.