Everyone welcomes the option of choice when expectant mothers are trying to plan their babies delivery. The question is whether safety is a predominant issue when deciding where and how to deliver. Birthing pools and home births are perfectly valid choices, but these choices can compromise safety in a delivery which has become compromised. Mothers should make sure they are getting the right information and making an informed choice.
Delivery is the end of pregnancy, but the start of a whole new life. Making the right choice for that new life should be paramount.
The NHS in England is to offer pregnant women their own "personal budgets", worth at least £3,000, so they can pick and choose the care they receive. Women will be able to use it to pay for anything from one-to-one midwifery care to home births, the use of birthing pools and hypnotherapy.The move is part of a shake-up in maternity care unveiled by NHS England to increase the choices women have. This was set up by NHS England in the aftermath of the inquiry published last year into the failures that led to the deaths of babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.The review. Conservative peer Baroness Julia Cumberlege - said it had never been safer to give birth in England, but improvements still needed to be made to ensure care was "world class".