LABOUR & BIRTH
The continuous and regular contact with the midwives during pregnancy, enables you to work out a plan for how you and your family would like to birth your baby.
In labour the midwives (who you have come to know and trust during pregnancy) are on hand providing your care through your birth until you and your new family feel comfortable and settled.
Care we provided includes (but is not limited to): assessment of labour, monitoring maternal and foetal wellbeing, water birth services, pain relieving technique's and methods, and emergency equipment and medications (in case of complications). The entire labour and birth you will be attended by your two known midwives.
You are always supported, heard, respected and loved as you go through one of the most important and intense transitions of your life.
Every birth is unique and magical- it is an absolute privilege for us to be there.
Deciding to have a homebirth is a very personal one. Choosing where to give birth has a far greater impact on birth outcome than many people realise. At GEMS we focus on birth as a natural and normal process. There are many benefits of choosing a homebirth including: care provided by known midwives in your own home, avoidance of unnecessary procedures, lower risk of C-section, a more positive birth experience and a supported and gentle beginning into parenthood.
Research has shown again and again that planned homebirth is safe for low risk women. “The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) support home birth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. There is no reason why home birth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families. There is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both satisfying and safe, with implications for her health and that of her baby.“
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Although we are predominantly a homebirth practice-, depending on your previous experiences or personal choice, support in hospital is also a service we provide.
At GEMS we understand that homebirth is not for everyone, nor does every pregnancy meet the criteria for a safe homebirth. With this in mind we offer a set of services which can work in harmony alongside the care provided by the obstetrician or hospital to enable an empowering birth experience.
These services are tailored to your individual family if you wish for a personalised and holistic midwifery approach throughout the journey of pregnancy, labour and birth but have decided to have your baby at the hospital.