As we continue to deal with an increase in Covid-19, hospitals are having to change the way they deliver services. To ensure that women and their babies have the safest birth possible, hospital trusts across North Central London are putting in new measures.
Due to the current impact of the pandemic the London Ambulance Service is no longer in a position to guarantee an ambulance response to those women choosing to plan their birth at home, or within one of the capital’s three stand-alone birth centres. Because of this, regrettably the following trusts are temporarily suspending home birth services:
- North Middlesex University Hospital
- Royal Free London
- University College London Hospital
- Whittington Hospital.
Coronavirus is having a significant impact on all NHS services across the country and we are doing everything we can to ensure that the safety of women and their babies is not compromised.
All trusts will be contacting the women who were planning to have a home birth in the coming weeks to explain the changes and discuss alternative options with them. We know that these are extremely difficult times and we want to do whatever we can to reassure women due to give birth and support them to have a safe delivery.
This has been an extremely tough decision for us and the hospitals, given the importance of respecting and honouring the birth plans that women have chosen. However, we hope you understand that this is the only safe course of action at this unprecedented time.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and home birth services will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so.