Giving Birth

At DBTH, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care for women and families throughout the journey from conception to parenthood.

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Our maternity team is committed to ensuring that every woman experiences a happy and healthy pregnancy, and that the birth of their baby is safe and supported. We strive to deliver a seamless service that transitions smoothly from community settings to hospital care, tailored to meet the individual needs of each woman and her family.

Our Maternity Services

We operate two maternity units, each offering midwifery-led care. For low-risk pregnancies, we also provide the option of a home birth service. If you are considering a home birth, please speak with your community midwife. They will be happy to discuss this option in detail and help you decide if it is right for you.

For women who require additional support, we offer ‘Maternity Team Care’ with a consultant obstetrician. This ensures that every woman receives the appropriate level of care tailored to her specific needs.

Choosing your birth location

You can give birth at home, in a unit run by midwives (a midwifery unit or birth centre) or in hospital.

Your options about where to have your baby will depend on your needs, risks and, to some extent, on where you live.

If you’re healthy and have no complications (low risk) you could consider any of these birth locations. If you have a medical condition, it’s safest to give birth in hospital, where specialists are available. This is in case you need treatment during labour.

If you give birth at home or in a unit run by midwives, you’re less likely to need assistance such as forceps or ventouse (sometimes called instrumental delivery).

Wherever you choose, the place should feel right for you. You can change your mind at any point in your pregnancy.

Informed Decision-Making

Our goal is to support all women in making informed decisions about their maternity care. We believe that understanding your options and being involved in your care plan is essential for a positive maternity experience. Our team is here to provide you with the information and support you need to make the best choices for you and your baby.

Preparing for Labour

We offer a range of information about labour, including various techniques and therapies that can help manage pain and facilitate a smoother birthing process. Our team is experienced in providing advice and support on:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Relaxation methods
  • Pain relief options
  • Use of birthing aids such as balls and pools

We encourage you to discuss your preferences and any questions you may have with your midwife, who can provide guidance and support tailored to your needs.

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