New-mum Lindsay hails ‘amazing’ Northumbria home birth
A new mum from Whitley Bay has spoken of her ‘amazing’ experience of giving birth at home during the coronavirus lockdown
Lindsay Hill gave birth to baby Wesley at home, thanks to midwives from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with partner Simon by her side.
Lindsay, a midwife at the trust herself, had previously decided to have a home birth as she was classed as ‘low risk’ and was delighted this arrangement was able to go ahead.
“Deciding to have a home birth was the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Lindsay, 31.
‘It was such an amazing experience. The evidence highlights if your care is classified as low risk then giving birth at home is a safe option, with lower rates of medical intervention.
“Home is usually where a person feels their safest and, for me, being there made such a difference to the birth and the birthing experience.
“Within an hour of having Wesley, I was sat downstairs on the sofa having skin-to-skin contact with him and enjoying strawberries and cream – there’s nothing better than that.
“To anyone who’s thinking about having a home birth – at any time, not just when there’re restrictions in place – I’d say go for it, I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
Northumbria Healthcare is doing all it can to support pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak and, as well as facilitating home births, has set up a COVID maternity helpline on 07823 907484 to answer people’s questions about pregnancy, their care and visiting.
For women choosing to give birth at The Northumbria hospital, they can have their birthing partner with them during labour and throughout their post-natal stay, remaining with them in the single en-suite rooms.
Lindsay said it is difficult not being able to introduce Wesley, who weighed 7lb 2oz when he was born on Easter Monday, to relatives and friends in person, however, they are making full use of technology to do this virtually.
She said: “Whilst we haven’t been able to see family and friends in person we’ve had lots of support from them with video calls and meals and food parcels left on the doorstep. We’re going to have a ‘welcome to the world Wesley’ party when this is all over’.”
Jenna Wall, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We fully appreciate that this is a worrying time for pregnant women and new mums and our expert midwifery teams across Northumberland and North Tyneside are doing all we can to support them.
“As well as carrying out home births for women who chose to have one, we are making sure that appointments and scans continue to take place and women, while in hospital, have all the care they need and their birthing partners are able to stay with them throughout their stay.”
For more information about maternity services visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/maternity
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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