Where you give birth to your baby will very much depend upon your individual circumstances as well as your individual preference. Please feel free to discuss this with your midwife, doctor or Obstetrician during your pregnancy.
If you are fit and healthy and your pregnancy is uncomplicated throughout, your choices for the birth of your baby are:
- Your own home – homebirth
- Consultant led maternity unit – Conquest Hospital
- Midwife led maternity unit – Eastbourne DGH
If you have a medical condition, have had a previous pregnancy or birth complications or if complications arise during your current pregnancy you will be advised to give birth in a consultant-led maternity unit.
Conquest Hospital – consultant-led maternity unit
If you are having your baby at home or Eastbourne Midwifery-led unit and complications arise you will be transferred to hospital (this is usually Conquest Hospital, but may be another hospital).
If you are planning to have your baby at Conquest Hospital, it may occasionally be necessary to transfer you to another hospital (usually if you go into labour very prematurely). You will always be kept fully informed of any plans to transfer.