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Some women prefer to have a baby in hospital, or for medical reasons are advised that this is safest for them. Being in a strange environment can be very frightening and fear and birth don’t go well together. Having a private midwife can make all the difference.
Our private midwives can ensure you get the support and care you need before and during your birth in hospital. We have a range of options regarding hospital births, have a look below for more details:
In some areas we have a collaborative contract with a hospital and we can “rent a room” in their premises. Your midwife can be with you at home to support you in early labour. When the time is right, you make your way to the hospital and your midwife will meet you there. Your private midwife is then able to be clinically responsible for your care throughout birth. If all goes well, it is just you, your birth partner and your very own private midwife giving you her undivided care and attention. If she has any concerns at all, she will ask the hospital staff for their assistance, but she will stay with you, involved in your care throughout. If one is available, she will also arrange for a private room for you after baby is born. This is not charged for and is a good will gesture due to our collaboration with the hospitals.
This option is available in all areas, but women in Ireland are advised to contact their local hospital as they need to give permission for your private midwife to accompany you. Permission is not required for any hospital in the UK.
Your midwife can be with you at home to support you in early labour. When the time is right, you make your way to the hospital and your midwife will meet you there. She will stay with you throughout, ensuring you are never left alone and there is always a skilled professional watching over you and your baby. The hospital will be clinically responsible for you and your private midwife will provide emotional support to you and your partner. Everything will be explained to you by someone you know and trust. Your midwife will ensure your wishes are respected and listened to
Some women want a doula or birth companion to be with them. In most cases we will offer a "birth support only" package, which includes one social antenatal visit to get to know each other and discuss your birth plan, support during birth, and one social postnatal visit to discuss how things went and answer any questions.
We normally offer you a midwife to provide this supportive role as their professional skills and expertise are invaluable at advising you on birth planning, offering advice and support during birth, and helping make sense of things afterwards. It also means that during birth, you have a skilled professional monitoring you and baby and should anything go wrong, they have the skills and expertise to step in and ensure this is addressed at once.
In some areas this care could also be available from a midwifery support worker or Doula. Ask us about services in your area and we can talk through your options with you.
This “birth support only” package is only available for hospital births and does not include any clinical care before or after baby is born.
We are currently developing our private caesarean section service. Please note that this service will not be available until 2017.
We are happy to support you to negotiate an elective caesarean section with the NHS or HSE if this is the right choice for you. We can also offer you private antenatal care, a private midwife to accompany you as your birth partner in theatre, and private postnatal midwifery care. In some areas we can also offer you a private support worker to remain with you over night after your surgery, ensuring you and your baby have the very best care and attention. Please contact us for further information on what is available in your location.