Choice of Home or Hospital Births
In Cambridge, about 20% of babies delivered by a midwife are born at home, and 80% are born at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Home births are only suitable for low-risk pregnancies.
Where and how you choose to give birth is a decision that you will make in consultation with your midwife.
Midwives offer a full range of pain relief options in the hospital setting. If you require or wish to have an epidural, your midwife will continue to look after you.
If you are planning to give birth at home, we will supply most of the necessary supplies (such as absorbent bed pads) and provide you with a list of household items that we expect you to have on hand. We will also discuss the reasons and emergencies for transport to the hospital if needed. Please note that one requirement for safe home birth is reasonably quick access to a hospital.
We require those homebirth clients who live rurally to be within thirty minutes of a hospital that offers obstetric services. In the event of inclement winter weather and poor road conditions, it may be necessary for rural clients at a distance to come to the hospital for their birth. If you are a client in our care, your midwife will discuss your choice of birthplace with you. Read more about the research and safety of home births.
We have privilege at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Our experienced midwives offer a full-scope offering, such as lab requisitions, ultrasounds, epidurals, and labour induction when indicated.
In some circumstances, when all the on-call midwives are attending births, it may be necessary for clients planning a home birth to come to the hospital to give birth. Similarly, clients may occasionally be required to give birth at a hospital other than the one they had planned due to a lack of resources at the hospital.