May 20, 2020 5.07 pm This story is over 26 months old

Lincolnshire homebirth services reinstated

Expectant mothers can now give birth at home again

Pregnant women will once again be given the chance to give birth at home thanks to the reintroduction of the homebirth service.

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust announced on Monday, May 18 that midwifery staff had been reorganised to allow for home births.

This has been a result of midwives returning to work after coronavirus lockdown.

In the statement, a spokesperson for ULHT said: “We are very proud to offer women choice of place at either Pilgrim or Lincoln labour wards, or within your home environment.”

As part of the scheme being reinstated, ULHT has brought in the following methods to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • A redesign of services in line with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Implemented an ‘attend anywhere’ virtual antenatal and postnatal consultation which helps personalise care over the phone
  • Implemented routine swabbing for coronavirus
  • Encourage an early discharge home
  • Following the national guidance for use of personal protective equipment

To read the NHS guidance on maternity, click here