Where can I give birth?
Saint Mary's Hospital supports women to make the right choice
for you in terms of the best place to have your baby. When making
this decision, you should discuss the options with your partner and
midwife, and for some women, discussion with your doctor might also
Some women choose to have their baby at home as this can feel
like the most natural option. For women who are fit and well who
have had a healthy pregnancy, this is a safe option, particularly
for women who have had babies before. A large study, called Birthplace,
was recently conducted in the UK and found that the risks of
complications in baby was low in babies born at home at 4.3 in 1000
births. However, this study did show that for women having their
first baby, there were more complications at 9.3 in 1000 compared
to having a first baby in hospital of 5.3 in 1000.
The advantages of giving birth at home are that the home
environment can be more relaxing and there is a lower risk of
needing additional interventions such as forceps or a Caesarean
section. The pain relief options at home include water, massage,
TENS and entonox (gas and air).
On occasions, transfer into hospital might be needed. For women
in labour for the first time, this chance is about 45% but the
chance is lower for women having a second or subsequent baby at 12%
(where the previous baby was born naturally).
If you are thinking of having your baby at home, please discuss
this with your midwife and doctor.
You can read more about the Birthplace study here https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/birthplace/results
Stand alone Midwifery Led Unit: Salford Birth
Women who live in the Salford area and have a straightforward
pregnancy, may give birth in the Salford Birth Centre. There are no
doctors at the Salford Birth Centre, therefore if complications
arise transfer to Saint Mary's Obstetric unit by ambulance will be
needed. The Birthplace study showed that for women delivering
in midwifery led units without an alongside obstetric unit, 36% of
first-time mothers needed transfer, and 9% of women having their
second or subsequent baby.
Leaflet available: Saint Mary's Birth Centre in Salford
Alongside Midwifery Led Unit: Saint Mary's Midwifery Led
Saint Mary's Hospital has a Midwifery Led Unit on the third
floor, which is closely located to the Consultant Led Unit. If you
have had a straightforward pregnancy, this will be the usual place
to plan to give birth.
Consultant led Delivery Unit at Saint Mary's
If you have had any complications during pregnancy, or in
previous pregnancies, it would be recommended that you give birth
in the Consultant Led Unit.