We are delighted to read the new updated NICE Intrapartum Guidance for care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. We welcome the recommendations which underline the importance of increasing the range of choices available for women particularly in where they choose to have their baby.
The guidance includes the finding that giving birth outside of an obstetric unit reduces the rate of interventions. A key priority is that there should be a culture of respect for each woman as an individual and a model of care that offers one to one support in labour. This is in line with Neighbourhood Midwives own experience and personalised midwifery service that offers women a known and trusted midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
NM works in close partnership with the NHS to provide women with the choice of a midwife they can get to know throughout their pregnancy and who will be with them at the birth of their baby, whether they choose hospital care, a birth centre or a homebirth.