Freestanding Midwifery units (FMU) are more comfortable and homely than a maternity unit in a hospital and are separate from a hospital, and do not have immediate obstetric, neonatal or anaesthetic care.
There are some things to think about if you’re considering giving birth in a FMU.
You may need to be transferred to a hospital if there are any complications. The Birthplace study found that approximately 4 in 10 women having their first baby in a midwifery unit or birth centre were transferred to hospital, compared with approximately 1 in 10 women having their second or subsequent baby.
You won’t be able to have certain kinds of pain relief, such as an epidural.
Planning a birth in a FMU, questions you may need to ask:
Do I have any risk factors which may make birthing at an FMU unsuitable?
Within our local maternity system, there is an FMU at Ingleside, Salford. Click here for more information