A dedicated team of Community Midwives work on call to provide care in labour for women at home in Wirral, whether the birth is planned at home or not. The service is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year.
In the home environment birth may be traditional or a pool loan service may be accessed to facilitate a water-birth. Your choice depends on personal preference or medical need and should be discussed with your Midwife at about 34-36 weeks into your pregnancy.
We actively encourage home births to women with low risk pregnancies, as home has been shown to be the safest place for childbirth for these women.
We have a dedicated team of community midwives on hand to support you through this process and we are on call for you from 37 weeks to 42 weeks of your pregnancy. If you go into labour outside this 5 week period we would advise you to deliver in hospital as this is considered the safest option for you and your baby.
We can also provide you with a pool, free of charge, if you choose to labour and give birth in water. All equipment is delivered to your home when you are 36 weeks pregnant, and is usually removed within 24 hours of the birth.
Babies born at home will be visited by a Community Neonatal Midwife within 72 hours of birth.
Your baby’s hearing screen appointment will be sent to you within 2 weeks.
Find out more on our Highfield Midwives page (see 'Related Link' on the left of this page).
All pregnant women in Wirral have a named Community Midwife to provide individualised professional and supportive antenatal and postnatal care, regardless of the intended place of birth. Seeing the same midwife regularly, as planned, provides continuity of care and the formation of trust between mother and midwife.
Community Midwives are rotationally on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for women giving birth at home.
Community Midwives liaise and work closely with the hospital-based midwives and Obstetricians, local GPs, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and other allied professionals to try to ensure needs are met and families are fully supported.
Each locality has a specialist Neonatal Midwife whose role is to examine and assess any babies born at home or who are taken home from hospital within the first 24 hours after birth.
Community Midwives conduct Parentcraft and birth preparation classes throughout Wirral, including Labour in Motion and Aquanatal sessions.The areas and contact details are shown below:
Community Midwifery care in Wirral is divided into two localities:
- Birkenhead/ Wallasy
- South/ West Wirral