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New campaign launched to promote home birth

Monday 3 February 2014

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Midwives and volunteers at a launch event on the 1st February 2014.

A new campaign has been launched to boost home births in Kingston.

Developed by Homebirth Kingston, the local volunteer-run home birth support group, in collaboration with Kingston Hospital, the campaign seeks to raise awareness of home birth, letting families know that homebirth really is a realistic, safe choice for many. Currently only 1.9% of births in the borough are at home, which is below the national average, and it is hoped the campaign can boost the numbers opting for a home birth.

Anna Dellaway, Head of Midwifery at Kingston Hospital said:

“We hope that our campaign will dispel some of the myths that surround home birth. The evidence clearly shows that for a straightforward pregnancy, home birth is as safe as a hospital birth and less likely to result in interventions.*

“We hope that as a result of this campaign, more expectant mums will be in the position to make an informed choice about where they wish to give birth.”

Kate Greenstock from Homebirth Kingston added:

“This collaboration is a major milestone for local families. By promoting home birth across Kingston’s maternity services from GP surgeries to children’s centres, it will dramatically increase much-needed access to advice and support, enabling us to reach more expectant families and facilitate more positive birth experiences. We hope that as a result more local families will discover that when it comes to bringing your baby into the world, there really is no place like home.”

* Birthplace study in England, 2011

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Home Birth Kingston

Home Birth Kingston is an independent volunteer-run community support group for local families who are curious about homebirth. The group meets on the third Monday of every month. The gatherings and the Facebook/Homebirth Kingston page provide an open forum to discuss realities, assumptions and questions about homebirth. In addition to sharing birth stories and practical advice, the group also loans books and resources and is developing strong links with a variety of local birth practitioners, including midwives from Kingston maternity unit.

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