Midwife-led units and birth centres

Giving birth at a birth centre or midwife-led unit

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.

Midwife

What is a midwife?

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.

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.

Midwife care in pregnancy, labour and birth

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 appointments and the differences between using a community midwife and the experience of shared care.

Preparation for multiple births

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.

Choosing an independent midwife

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.

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.

Using water in pregnancy and birth

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.