Mums’ fight for Birth tEAm
Threat to home birth midwife team
A group of mums are campaigning to save a team of midwives who helped them give birth at home rather than in hospital. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is currently consulting over the future of the Home Birth Team - a group of five midwives who are focused on helping mums who choose to have their children at home.
While the five midwives, whose work covers the Peterborough and Stamford areas, would continue to work in the childbirth team, they wouldnotbefocusedonhome births.
Bryony Gigner (30) of EastonontheHill, Stamford, gave birth to daughter Gabriella in May last year.
She said: “The issue is one ofcontinuityofcare. It is about knowing who is going to come through your front door.
“Youwanttoknowwhoitis, and what they think of home births, and what their experience of home births is.
“If there is a large team of midwives who could come through the door, it is not the same as having someone who you have been meeting with for a long time.”
Bryony and a number of other mums met with staff at the hospital last weekinanattemptto persuade the trust to keep the specialist team.
Bryony said: “It is important. People choose to have a home birth because it is a relaxing place, and it is calm.
“If the team goes I would have another home birth, but I would look at a different Trust.”
Fran Gregory, Head of Midwifery at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would like to reassure wom- en and their partners that we will continue to offer them the opportunity to give birth at home. Should they choose to do so, they will be fully supported by anexperienced and dedicated midwife.
“In the 14 months that the team has been in operation, there have been 82 homebirths, which equates to 1.3% of the total number of babies delivered by Trust midwives during that time.
“These were attended by midwives f rom the home birth team and community midwives.
“Byincreasing the involvement of the community midwives, we will be able to offer morewomentheopportunity togivebirthathome. Pleasebe assured that we will not make any decisions without thoroughlyexploringtheoptions.”
An online petition has been set up. To sign, visit www.change.org/p/stephengraves-save-peterboroughhome-birth-team Bryony Gigner and daughter Gabriella