Find places that fit your birth preferences

Move the sliders to tell us what you want for your birth. The tool will use your answers to suggest the best local maternity options for you to discuss with your midwife.

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1 Your birth experience
  • I don’t want to use a birthing pool
  • I want to use a birthing pool

Explanation

You can choose to give birth in the birthing pool, or use it to cope with pain during labour. Women who use water are less likely to need an epidural.

  • I don’t want an epidural
  • I want to have an epidural

Explanation

An epidural is a local anaesthetic injected into the spine. It gives very good pain relief, but can have side effects such as:

  • As a natural event that should take place in a relaxed and private setting
  • As a clinical event that needs medical equipment and staff on hand

Explanation

Do you view birth as a natural event, and want to be supported to give birth using your body's own resources?

Or would feel more relaxed with medical staff and equipment immediately available?

  • No
  • Yes

Explanation

If you’re planning to give birth at home or in a birth centre you may have to move to a hospital during labour if you or your baby needs extra care. This is called being transferred.

It's worth knowing that planning to give birth at a birth centre or at home can reduce your chance of needing medical interventions.

2 Your personal information

Explanation

Your results may be different depending on how old you are

Explanation

Your results may be different depending on whether you've given birth before

Explanation

We can give you more personalised information if we know this.

Explanation

For example: are you expecting more than one baby or have an existing health condition?

Explanation

We can show your local options if you tell us your postcode

Your results