Midwife-led units and birth centres

Having your baby at a birth centre or a midwife-led unit can be a good option. We discuss the pros and cons and the flexibility you have in choosing your birth environment.
Where you decide to give birth affects your experience. This article discusses the options available including giving birth at home, at a birth centre or at a hospital.
Find out about the birth choices available in your area in the UK. This tool gives you options and information so you can choose where you would like to have your baby.
If you are wondering 'what is a midwife?', read this article to find out more about midwifery and the role of midwives in providing antenatal care.
Your main provider of antenatal care as well as postnatal care will be your midwife. Read on to learn more about midwifery, the pregnancy care you can receive, midwife...
If you are expecting multiple babies, including the possibility of giving birth to twins, there are options to consider. Read about planning for vaginal or caesarean birth.
What are independent midwives and how do they provide pregnancy care, support in birth and assistance in the early days? Discover their role and relationships with the NHS.
Most women who choose VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) have a successful birth. This article describes what happens, providing information about induction and C-sections.
What’s the best way to arrange to use a birthing pool in labour? Read for more information on water birth and organising to use or hire a birth pool.
Read for information on preparing for water birth, hiring, setting up and using a birthing pool and the equipment and supplies you may need.
Water can provide natural pain relief in labour and birth. Read more about birthing pools, having a bath while pregnant and using hot water bottles.