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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.

Where you decide to give birth will depend on your wishes and any needs for clinical support you may have. Wherever you choose - hospital, midwife-led unit or home - the place should feel right for you.

To some extent, your choice will also depend on on where you live. Use the tool from Which? Birth Choice below to find out what your choices are when you are having a baby in your area. This tool combines your preferences with research evidence to show the local options most suited to you. The more you tell us the closer the match will be. You can discuss the results with your midwife to decide where to have your baby.

Page last updated: 16 July 2014

Further information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700.  We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about pregnancy, labour and life with a new baby.

Take a look at the survey by Birthrights (the human rights in childbirth charity) - Dignity in Childbirth: Less Than Half of UK Women Have the Birth They Want published in October 2013.

The results of the Birthplace study were released in December 2011 and provide useful information for parents about their choice of place of birth.

NCT's 'Location, location, location' report and campaign and place of birth research and information.

BirthChoiceUK provides information on choosing maternity care to help parents make the right choice for them.

AIMS provides independent support and information about maternity choices.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council provides useful information on the role of the midwife and your choices for having your baby.

NHS Choices provides information about choosing where you would like to have your baby.