BIRTHPLACE MATTERSBabies matterMothers matterFathers matterSiblings matterMidwives matterChoice mattersDignity mattersRights matter
Hospitals across the country are suspending their homebirth services
… which forces women to either pay for an independent midwife if they want a homebirth, move to another area, or give birth unassisted
… or go back to give birth in the same hospitals where they may have already suffered birth trauma and interventions that might have been avoided
… and every woman should be able to determine for herself what setting feels like the right place for her to labour, give birth and spend the first precious hours and days with her baby – not have the choice made by others.
Paula Cleary, writer, doula and home-birth mother of five spearheaded the Birthplace Matters campaign a year ago to urge her local hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk, UK, to reinstate its homebirth service for women…..and a call for better information about the safety of homebirth and understanding of the strength of women’s feelings regarding the place they give birth to their babies.
Birthplace Matters is committed to restoring confidence in homebirthing and feel it is every woman’s human right to give birth at home.
Every woman should be able to choose the setting of her baby’s entry into the world.
Wherever women are told their birthplace choices are not important, wherever women are belittled or sacrificed at the altar of short-term birthplace policy, we will help. Women should not be at the mercy of a postcode lottery when we all pay the same taxes, and we will fight any trust that takes away its homebirth service until it is reinstated.
Our focus at this time is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
Her recent, rousing passionate writing compiles words from mothers and respected birth experts as to why birth place matters, exploring the efficacy of hypnobirthing, water birthing, doulas, fetal monitoring… It has received over 10,000 views already. It is a MUST READ for all birth activists and is available HERE for free.