Find the healthcare facility or birthing centre that caters to your requirements and preferences the most, taking into account the circumstances of your life at the present moment. By using the tool that we give, you and your midwife will have the opportunity to discuss the various options for maternity care that are the most effective.

How does the instrument function?

The interactive Where to give birth tool is intended to inspire women to think about where they would be most comfortable giving birth, whether it be at home, in a birth centre, or in the labour department of a hospital. The tool also provides information on the pros and cons of each setting.

The recommendations of the tool are founded on the guidelines regarding the place of birth provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the findings of the Birthplace Study published in the British Medical Journal (2011), as well as considerations for the personal preferences of women.

The outcomes are merely an indication of a birth location that may be appropriate based on the information that you provide to the programme. It is not intended to be taken as medical advice, nor does it ensure that your selection will be available. It is up to you to have conversations about your preference with those who work in the medical field in order to locate the most appropriate location for you to give birth.

Coronavirus and the Available Delivery Methods

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), “Maternity units everywhere are working around the clock right now to manage additional pressures and enable women’s choices.” Despite the fact that maternity services, along with the rest of the NHS, are being negatively impacted by the pandemic, it has been reported that maternity units are actively working to ensure that services are provided in a secure manner, with the appropriate levels of staffing, and the capability to provide emergency care when it is required. It was necessary for several Trusts and Boards in the UK to temporarily suspend their home birth service or close their midwife-led unit; however, the majority of these cases have already been resolved and the services have been resumed.

If this is not the case, it will be made clear to you. Even if they had planned to give birth at home or in a midwife-led centre, pregnant women who have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus are being advised to give birth in an obstetric unit of a hospital for the safety of both the mother and the baby. This advice is being given to ensure the health of both the mother and the child.

This is done so that continuous electronic foetal monitoring may be performed on the baby, as well as monitoring of your oxygen levels, temperature, and respiration rate. In addition, this is done so that the baby can be monitored. Only in an obstetric unit, which is staffed by both medical professionals and midwives, is it possible to perform this type of monitoring.

It has also been found that women who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have an increased risk of having a caesarean section during childbirth. Because of this, it is even more crucial that these women give birth in an obstetric unit where they have fast access to emergency care.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recommends that women’s birth plans be adhered to as strictly as possible and that expectant mothers inquire with their local maternity teams about the various childbirthing alternatives that are available to them.

If you intend to give birth in a private facility and have opted to get private antenatal care, you should get in touch with that facility to find out how the coronavirus may affect you.