In response to NICE’s new draft proposals on choice of birth location Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive at NCT said:
“We welcome NICE’s new draft proposals, which are evidence based and confirm what we have been saying for decades – that birth in a midwife-led unit or at home is a safe choice, especially for those expecting a second or later baby. We would like to see this draft guidance put into practice as soon as possible as the health benefits and potential cost-savings are urgently needed.
“But the guidelines must be backed up by enough midwives with sufficient resources based where they are needed . Otherwise many expectant parents will still be denied real choice.
“Further recommendations in the new guidelines on parents being offered one-to-one care and having control over their care, including the choice of delayed clamping of the umbilical cord, are also welcomed.”