Your community midwife will discuss options for place of birth with you during your antenatal appointments. You may know where you would like to give birth at your first appointment but most women need to think about this and discuss options with their partner, family and friends.
You may make this decision at any stage during your pregnancy.
- Midwife Led Unit (MLU) – a facility where you can give birth; receive antenatal and postnatal care from a team of midwives and maternity support workers. We have a midwife-led unit in Eastbourne, located within Eastbourne District general Hospital.
- Consultant Led Unit (CLU) – a hospital where care is available from midwives, maternity staff nurses and maternity support workers, obstetricians, anaesthetists and paediatricians. This service is provided at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
- Home Birth – a community midwife can come to your home and care for you while you give birth.