Do I Need a second midwife?
Yes. As a requirement to meet the guidelines set out by our governing body, the primary midwife has to have a second (or back up) midwife present at the birth.
This is something i organise for you. You will get to meet her as the end of pregnancy approaches.
What if something goes wrong?
To birth at home is safe as long as the pregnancy and labour remain "normal". If anything arises that takes us beyond that, beyond the level of care a midwife can provide the simple answer is that we transfer to a higher level of care.
You will be booked in to a back up hospital so the transition to hospital if needed can be seamless.
I carry emergency equipment and medication that can be used in that situation. The second midwife is also present if extra care is needed.
do i have to leave home at all?
When you have had a wonderful birth experience at home the last thing you want to do is leave the house.
Luckily there is no need to leave when every thing goes according to plan.
I provide everything youll need post birth, make sure you are all settled before i head off a few hours later and will visit over the next few days tending to you and your bubs needs.
What supplies do i need to get?
Believe it or not there is not much at all that you need to prepare for your birth at home.
There are things that make it all a bit easier and more comfortable and i will help you with the organisation along the way.
It is nice to set up a birth space. And the main things that are helpful are to
make sure you have a decent pile of towels and organise a hose and tap fitting (for the birth pool i provide).
Really this is all you need.
You can see the "Things i need for my homebirth" document below.