Home birth

Choosing where to have your baby

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.

Choices for birth in your area - UK

Find out about the birth choices available in your area in the UK. This tool from Which? Birth Choice gives you options and information so you can choose where you would like to have your baby.

Home birth FAQs

There are pros and cons to giving birth at home. Here we answer common questions about the advantages and disadvantages of home birth to help you make an informed decision.

How do I arrange a home birth?

This article looks at how to arrange a home birth through NHS midwives, your GP or with an independent midwife. They can also help you plan if you are giving birth at home.

What do I need for a home birth?

Here we provide information on home birth preparation including the supplies you may need, as well as general advice on using a birth pool.

Home birth support - who provides your care?

Midwives usually provide care and support for women who plan a home birth, but there are other options available.

My partner is unsure about home birth

This article discusses how to help your partner feel confident about a home birth if they have uncertainties or concerns about you giving birth at home.

Is a home birth safe?

Here we look at research surrounding home birth (specifically the Birthplace Study 2011) including information about safety, benefits and risks for women and their babies.

Dealing with complications at a home birth

When it comes to home birth, the concerns over the risk of a medical emergency can put some people off. Here are the facts about home birth when complications arise.

Siblings at a home birth - caring for older children

Preparing older siblings for a home birth and considering the practicalities is important. This article covers the care of other children at a home birth

Arranging to use a birthing pool

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.

How to prepare for a water birth

Read for information on preparing for water birth, hiring, setting up and using a birthing pool and the equipment and supplies you may need.