POOLE Hospital’s innovative home birth midwifery team supported their 100th home birth last week.
The group of midwives - the Eden team - formed earlier this year, is dedicated to women who choose to give birth at home. The team’s working days are dictated by the needs of the women in their care, rather than a structured rota. Their first baby, Grace Isabella Eden Witt, was delivered in April 2013 and named after the team by proud parents Serena and James.
Now nine months later, new mum, Tiffany Louise Wilson, has given birth to baby Maisie, who weighed in at 7lb 1oz, and becomes the team’s 100th baby. Tiffany was supported at home by midwife Jo Heath.
“I knew I wanted to have the baby in my home with Jo there to reassure me,” said Tiffany.
“It was fantastic to have my mum there too, everyone was as excited as I was.
“I had great support from all the midwives I met, who were lovely. It all happens from home from the beginning so it’s more natural and relaxing, and you can even have a few cups of tea in your own surroundings.”
Jo added: “Home births are natural, often with no painkillers or drugs. The most important thing is that it’s the mum’s choice, in their environment and so they feel in control and supported.”
Dianne Smallworth, the Eden team leader, said: “Women choose a home birth for the more relaxed and calming environment possible at home with a reduced need for pain relief.”