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NHS Choices – Choosing who provides your Maternity Care

There are a range of choices in respect of maternity services available. However choices in respect of maternity care are not a legal right and will depend on the choice your CCG is able to offer.

Choices available:

When you find out you are pregnant, you should expect to be able to choose which midwifery service you attend by either going directly to your chosen midwifery service or going to your GP and asking to be referred to that service.

Whilst pregnant, you should be able to choose to receive antenatal care from a midwife or a team of maternity health care professionals (including midwives and obstetricians). This will be the safer option for some women and their babies.

When you give birth, you should able to do so at home with a midwife, at a midwife-led facility or in a hospital with the support of a maternity team.

After going home you should be able to receive postnatal care at home or in a community setting such as a children’s centre.

Help choosing:

Your midwife will be able to give you information, advice and support to help decide. You can also access the Start4Life Information Service for Parents and NHS Choices pregnancy and baby pages.

What if I am not offered these choices?

If you feel you have not been offered these choices you should speak to you GP or Midwife in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a resolution, you may wish to contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group.

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