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Where to give birth

Find the right place for you to give birth, based on your preferences and personal circumstances. Our tool suggests the best maternity options for you to discuss with your midwife.

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How does the tool work

The interactive Where to give birth tool is designed to encourage women to think about where would be most suitable for them to give birth – be that at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital labour ward.

The recommendations of the tool are based on guidelines on place of birth from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the results of the Birthplace Study from the British Medical Journal (2011) as well as considerations for women’s personal preferences.

Results are only an indication of a birth setting that is suitable based on the details you submit to the tool. It does not constitute medical advice nor guarantee availability of your option. It’s your responsibility to discuss your choice with healthcare professionals to find the right place for you to give birth.

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