The aim of this website is to provide you with choices regarding where you give birth.
However, the decisions that you make regarding where to give birth are not unchangeable. Should you for any reason wish to change where you wish to give birth, you will need to let your named midwife know as soon as possible.
Should you wish to still stay with the same maternity provider, and want to change your intended place of birth, simply let your named midwife know. You will not be asked to attend another booking appointment as you are not changing provider.
Example – at booking you chose that you wanted to give birth in the obstetric led unit at hospital A. You have since looked around the alongside midwifery unit at hospital A and want to give birth there instead. As you will be staying with the same hospital provider, you simply have to let your midwife know and she will amend your choice accordingly.
Should you wish to change maternity providers, you will need to inform your current named midwife who will notify the maternity provider where you now wish to give birth. In most cases this will involve a new booking appointment and your named midwife and maternity team are likely to change.
Example – at booking you chose that you wanted to give birth in the alongside midwifery unit at trust A. You are now 34 weeks and have changed your mind (this can be for any reason, moved house, job, etc) and now wish to give birth in the midwifery unit at trust B. You simply inform your midwife and she will notify trust B of your intention to change. Trust B will contact you and will most likely arrange a booking appointment and all of your follow up antenatal appointments. You should not stop attending your antenatal appointments with your named midwife from trust A until you have transferred your care to Trust B and been given a new named midwife.
It is important to us that you have choice around the place of birth, and that you are able to make changes should you wish to. Please be aware that if you change your place of birth, it may affect the continuity you receive from your midwifery team.
If having the same maternity team is important to you, think carefully about your choices now before you book with a maternity provider. Click here to find out more on your maternity units