New home birth for Trust

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The Southern Trust now has a new team available for mums-to-be who want to give birth at home.

The new ‘Birth at Home’ team has been set up by the Southern Trust to support women who choose to have their babies in their own environment.

Since its inception in November 2021, the team of dedicated home birth midwives have worked with colleagues in the community to deliver 13 babies at home with more expected in the coming months.

The service was officially launched at a Waterbirth conference hosted by the Trust this week. Waterbirth is available to help women with pain during labor at Daisy Hill and Craigavon ​​Area hospitals and through the Birth at Home team. Dianne Garland, an international specialist in water birth, shared her expertise and knowledge with midwives from all departments interested in further training in this area.

The new team is led by Paula Murray who has returned to the role after many years of experience with Birth at Home in Scotland.

Paula Boyle Lead Midwife for Community explains: “Although unfortunately like many other services our home birth service has been suspended due to the pandemic, with increasing demands we would like to upgrade and reinstate this option for local women.

“We were absolutely delighted to provide specialist training for our community team and upgrade our equipment so that women who choose to give birth in the comfort of their own home can experience a much improved service.”

Congratulating the new team, Caroline Keown, Assistant Director for Integrated Maternity and Women’s Health adds: “It is a very exciting time for Maternity Services in the Southern Region as we can now offer a much wider range options for women, depending on their clinical condition. Needs.

“Daisy Hill and Craigavon ​​Hospitals have dedicated midwifery-led units, for women who can safely choose to give birth in an environment further away from home, where natural labor is promoted.

“Those with high-risk pregnancies, who may need medical intervention, will be referred to a consultant obstetrician who will direct their care.

“Whatever your needs, our incredible midwifery and midwifery teams will support and advise you to ensure the safest care for you and your baby.

For more information, future mothers interested in a home birth can send an e-mail to: birth.athome@southerntrust.hscni.net or talk to your midwife as soon as possible during your pregnancy.

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