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There are important factors that need to be considered when you are deciding the place and mode of birth for you and your baby.

To help you understand the differences between these choices in relation to your own personal circumstances, ask your midwife or doctor to explain the benefits, risks and alternatives of place of birth as they apply to you and your baby.

It is important that where and how you choose to birth makes you feel safe, comfortable and in control of your choices – these factors can make a difference to your overall birth experience.

In addition to discussions with your midwife or doctor, you may find the following links useful to aid your decision:

Where to give birth: the options – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The Birthplace cohort study: key findings | NPEU > Birthplace (ox.ac.uk)

Choosing to have a caesarean section | RCOG

We offer a clinic run by a Consultant Midwife called Birth Options – your midwife can refer you to this service if your choice of birth deviates from our trust guidelines.