Your Birth Plan

Your Vision, Your Choice, Your Pregnancy

Every pregnancy journey is different. Your maternity team is committed to supporting your individual needs.

Your Birth Plan

A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. You don’t have to create a birth plan but, if you would like one, your midwife will be able to help.

Discussing a birth plan with your midwife gives you the chance to ask questions and find out more about what happens in labour.

It also gives your midwife the chance to get to know you better, and understand your feelings and priorities, and allows you to think about or discuss some things more fully with your partner, friends and relatives.

You can change your mind about your wishes for labour and birth at any time.

Your Lincolnshire Birth Locations

Check out the videos below to discover what is available for you here in Lincolnshire

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

Virtual Tour

Lincoln County Hospital

Home Birth

Download a Birth Plan

You can find out more about the things you need to think about when making a birth plan. You can work out whether there’s anything you feel strongly about and might wish to include. 

You and your partner can also think about what your birth partner can do to support you during labour.

A free birth plan is available for you to download.

What is Midwifery Led Care

When a woman is referred to the maternity services, a Midwife will look at her medical history at the booking appointment.  If her medical history and/or Obstetric history (previous pregnancy history) is straightforward or Low Risk, the professional expert who leads your care is your midwife – this is Midwifery Led Care.

The Midwife-led model of care is woman-centred and means that the Midwife will be the lead health-care professional, responsible for the planning, organisation and delivery of care given to a woman from the initial booking of antenatal visits through to care during the postnatal period. Some women will have input from other professionals but every women needs and will have a midwife.

Where can I give Birth?

Every pregnancy journey is different. Your maternity team is committed to supporting your individual needs.

Speak to your midwife about your choice of birth location.

Home birth

Midwives come to your home to support you during your labour and birth.     

Home births are recommended for women who have a straightforward (low risk) pregnancy and want to birth in their own home with support from midwives.

Research shows that, in straightforward pregnancy for second and subsequent babies home births are just as safe as hospital births for the woman and baby. Home births reduce the likelihood of needing a caesarean section.

You will have 2 midwives at your birth who will have undertaken the necessary training to support you and your baby should the need arise in an emergency situation.

If there is a problem during labour you will be offered transfer to your local maternity hospital and accompanied by a midwife.

Reasons to consider a Home Birth

Advantages

  • Safe birthing environment for women whose pregnancy is low risk
  • You can enjoy the comforts of your own home to help you relax, help progress your labour naturally and enjoy a positive birth experience
  • Minimises the need for medical intervention

Disadvantages

  • You may need to transfer to a hospital if there are complications.
  • For women having their first baby, home birth slightly increases the risk of a poor outcome for the baby
  • Epidurals are not available at home.

Alongside Birth Centre

An alongside birth centre is a ‘home from home’ birthing centre situated in a hospital and is in close proximity to the main obstetric unit. This setting is recommended to all women whose pregnancy is straightforward (classed as low risk) including first time mothers.

In labour you will be cared for by midwives and support staff and have access to the use of facilities and birthing aids which help promote natural birth which helps reduce the need for intervention. Women also have the option to birth their baby in a birthing pool.  

The chances of you or your baby having a serious medical problem is the same for women planning to birth in a freestanding unit or delivery suite in an obstetric unit.

Women planning to birth their baby in an alongside birth centre are less likely to need medical intervention such as caesarean section and episiotomy.

If you or your baby need medical assistance this can be called immediately and transferred to the main delivery suite quickly. You will be accompanied by your midwife.

Reasons to consider a Birth Centre

Advantages

  • Safe birthing environment for women whose pregnancy is low risk
  • Home from home like unit and opportunities for partners to be more involved
  • Reduces the risk of requiring medical intervention in labour

Disadvantages

  • You may need to transfer to a hospital if there are complications.
  • You Might not Be Eligible if You Have a High-Risk Pregnancy

Delivery suite (labour ward)

Women who have experienced complications either during their current or in a previous pregnancy are recommended to birth their baby on a delivery suite/labour ward which is situated in a hospital. Care during birth is led by an obstetrician and provided by a team of midwives and doctors.                 

Women whose pregnancy has been complicated classed as (high risk) are more likely to need extra monitoring and observations or require medical assistance and additional help during labour or birth.  Should your baby need additional assistance a neonatal team and unit is also on site where your baby can be cared for. A delivery suite also has dedicated maternity theatres should a woman need to have a planned or emergency caesarean section.

After the birth of your baby your care will be continued in hospital until you and your baby are well enough to return home.

Reasons to consider a Hospital Birth

Advantages

  • If your pregnancy has been classed as complicated (high risk)
  • If you or your baby has a known medical condition and needs specialist care
  • Personal choice and you can have epidural in labour

Disadvantages

  • Hospitals can seem impersonal and intimidating.
  • Less privacy is available.
  • The father is often less actively involved in a hospital setting, and may fell like an "outsider".

Full Information

To access the full Birth Choices leaflet you can click below for more information.