As we move into the next phase of the easing of lockdown Maternity Services across Tayside will now be offering women the option to give birth at home.
From the week beginning Monday 15th June all women in Tayside can now choose between giving birth at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, either at the Dundee Midwifery Unit or in the Labour Suite, or electing for a home birth.
Lead Midwife Lesley Sharkey, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer home birthing as an option to women and their families once again. The safety of women and their babies is our main priority and we will ensure that we will be adhering to all government guidance surrounding COVID-19.
“This is the first stage of maternity services within Tayside returning to normal. We are continuing to review our other suspended services on a regular basis.
“We would like to thank the public for their support and understanding regarding the recent changes made to maternity services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our midwives are continuing to work hard and are absolutely committed to continuing to provide a high quality patient-centred maternity service.
“We would encourage women and their families if they have any further questions regarding home birthing to speak to their midwife.”
All women will be assessed for risks or presence of COVID-19 within their home environment. Only one birth partner can be present during labour and birth in the home.
Women already booked in for a home birth will be informed of the reestablishment of this service by their midwife.
At present labour and birthing at community maternity units at Perth Royal Infirmary and Arbroath Infirmary remain temporarily suspended.
Women and their families can also find lots of useful information on labour, birth and the early days of parenting on the NHS Tayside website.