Due to unprecedented pressures on our Community Midwifery
services created by a number of factors; we have had to take the
extremely difficult decision to temporarily suspend home birth
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, we have explored
all reasonable options to address the challenges we are facing.
However, the safety of our women and their babies must be our
We understand the impact these decisions have on women under our
care and we are working extremely hard to be able to have our home
birth services return to normal as soon as possible.
While home birth services are temporarily suspended we are
encouraging women to revisit their birth plan and access the
excellent low risk rooms we have available at the University
Hospital of North Durham or Darlington Memorial Hospital.
There have been some issues with the water supply and pressure
at Darlington Memorial Hospital which has affected showers on the
maternity unit and the birthing pool. We apologise for the
inconvenience and distress this may have caused.
The issue with the showers have now been resolved and showers
are now available for women in our care and bathing has remained an
option throughout. We are working to also make the birthing
pool available as soon as possible. The birthing pool at University
Hospital of North Durham is available for women wishing to discuss
a water birth.
Published: Updated 23 September 2021
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
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