Update: Home birth service temporarily suspended during Covid-19
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, please be aware that we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend our home birth service. Please see this letter for more information.
If having your baby at home feels like the right choice for you, we’re here to support you.
Women who choose to give birth at home often say they feel more in control of their birth, and need less pain relief. For women who have had an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth previously, home birth is as safe as hospital.
The Crocus Team
The Crocus Team offers a personalised home birth service that puts women and their families at the centre of our care. This exceptional service is provided by a team of passionate, highly motivated NHS midwives with expert knowledge and experience across all aspects of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care whilst specialising in home birth.
The Crocus ethos believes that birth is a natural process. If you think that you would like a home birth contact the Crocus Team midwives for a discussion and they will offer you all the advice you need to make a decision. Home births are normally recommended for women who expect to have a normal birth and have no history of complications with previous births. Midwife supervisors are also available to discuss your birth plan, and answer any questions.
Planning a home birth
If you choose to give birth at home, your Crocus Team midwife will arrange to meet with you at a place and time to suit you, usually in your home. You will be given a ‘named midwife’ who will provide care for you and your family throughout your pregnancy, labour and postnatal period. You can feel confident that you, your partner, and family will be supported and cared for by a midwife that you know and trust.
You and your midwife will develop a comprehensive birth plan that is tailored you. You can also call them for additional advice and support whenever needed via your midwives mobile phone. Your midwife and a second midwife, who you will have met during your pregnancy, will be on hand to attend your homebirth.
Is a home birth recommended for you?
At the start of your pregnancy the midwife will agree with you as to what type of care you would like based on your preferences and previous medical and pregnancy history. If you have no current or previous medical problems the midwife will recommend midwifery-led care for you, as you will not need to see a hospital doctor during your pregnancy. This will be continuously reviewed with you throughout your pregnancy. We’d recommend having your baby at home if:
- Have an uncomplicated pregnancy
- Are 37-42 weeks into your pregnancy
- Your BMI1 is less than 35 at the start of your pregnancy
- You are 16-40 years of age
- You are not anaemic (iron level is more than 90 grams/dl)
- Your baby has developed normally and is head down
- Your waters break and are clear in colour
If you are unsure whether having your baby at home is the best place for you please discuss with your midwife. There will be some women who may not meet all of the criteria but would still like to have their baby at home. In this case, speak to your midwife and we can ensure you receive the right advice to make the choice that’s safe for you.
Benefits of homebirth
There are many benefits to having your baby at home, which include:
- Continuity of midwifery care (pregnancy, birth and post natal)
- Personal one to one midwifery care
- Normal natural birth
- Enhanced family experience and bonding
- Happy birth memories
- Individualised birth plans
- Expert home birth advice
- A dedicated midwife for you, with direct mobile phone access
- 24/7 service
- Relaxed and familiar surroundings
- Reduced medical interventions
- Improved breastfeeding success rates
Croydon University Hospital supports home births for women with uncomplicated or low risk pregnancies, particularly for those who have previously had a baby.
The Birth Place study (2011) shows that having a baby at home is as safe as a hospital birth for those who have previously had a straightforward pregnancy and labour.