Homebirth Service Reinstated
We are pleased to advise that Home Birth Services will be reinstated in Surrey from midday on Thursday 12 January 2023 for those women and birthing people who choose this option, following the temporary suspension of home births in December 2022.
Despite the demand on South East Coast Ambulance services remaining high, we recognise that having a home birth is an important choice to provide. Our midwifery staff want to help women, birthing people and their partners to make a birth plan that feels right for them which is based on relevant, up to date information.
If you have chosen a hospital birth you may receive care in the Home-Home rooms or the main Delivery rooms. The Home-Home rooms offer facilities to the women who have had uncomplicated pregnancy and wish to give birth naturally without the use of an epidural. Upright positions, moving around and the use of the birthing pool are encouraged. If you require an epidural you will be admitted to one of the main delivery rooms. Your Midwife will be happy to discuss the options with you.
The Labour Ward is situated on the 3rd Floor in the Abbey Wing
If you have chosen a Hospital Birth you will need to make your way in by your own transport. Only in an emergency should you ring a 999 ambulance. i.e Bleeding or premature labour. Ring the Labour Ward and the midwife will be happy to give advice.