New Meeting Venue Announced for 2019

January 27th, 2019

New for 2019! Our monthly meetings are now held at Harrison Park, Hall Road, Hull. HU69DQ. On the 3rd Sunday of each month.

For more information on our face to face meet ups >>>> Our Meetings


Local Mum Hayley’s Quest for a Physiological Twin Home Birth

March 31st, 2018

Newly added Birth Story!

“Born 10th March carried to 40+8
Tobias 8lb 3oz
Maximus 7lb 8oz

On Saturday 10th March 18 I woke up at 6.45 am having a few niggly pains. I asked hubby to take the girls downstairs so I could have time alone to see what came of them. I was 40+8 and hour later I knew this was definitely labour. Hubby took kids to grandmas and I phoned my independent midwife (who is over an hour away) . I know my body pretty well now and always go into urinary retention in labour which slows me down and distress me. I got in bath to relax then when got out put in my tens machine . Debs my midwife got here around 10.30 . She helped me get some urine out and checked I was 6cm. Pool was ready now and I got in . It was heaven. I love being in water. The rest of the amazing Yorkshire Storks midwives turned up . Then at 12.03 twin A Tobias was born at home weighing a healthy 8lbs 3oz It was a surreal and fantastic experience. We had some skin to skin in the pool , our first breastfeed and waited for cord to stop pulsing, I was still getting contractions for twin 2 and felt quite conflicted on what to concentrate on. So cord was cut and he went to daddy for skin to skin.”

To read the full story >>>> Hayley’s Birth Story


Maternity Voices Partnership is coming to Hull!

January 27th, 2018

Something exciting is happening next week! Hull is getting it’s very own Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP).

Are you pregnant? Have you had a baby in the last two years. Then, we'd like to get your views.We're holding a…

Posted by Hull Women and Children's Hospital on Thursday, 25 January 2018

So what does this mean?

What is a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)?

NCT (1) define it as a multi-disciplinary group, of ‘parents working in partnership with midwives, doctors, other health professionals and charity reps [to] directly help improve future care to women, partners and babies using hospitals, birth centres and community services. MVPs will also be chaired by a ‘service user representative’.

Is it a new?

No not exactly. National Maternity Voices (2) explain further that ‘Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) are an innovative development based on an updating of Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs)’. Multi disciplinary maternity services meetings have been taking place for a long time, but although attendees may have come from both public sector and voluntary organisations, service users weren’t always regularly involved.

So why now?

Following the release of the National Maternity Review  ‘Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England’ (3) in February 2016, a resource pack (4) was made available to help maternity services implement the recommendations made. ‘Effective service user co-production’ was suggested, recommending the ‘establishment of independent formal multidisciplinary committees, … [called] “Maternity Voices Partnerships” (formerly MSLCs), to influence and share in local decision-making’.

What are the Better Births (3) Recommendations?

7 recommendations were made:

1. Personalised care, centred on the woman, her baby and her family, based around their needs and their decisions, where they have
genuine choice, informed by unbiased information.

2. Continuity of carer, to ensure safe care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect in line with the woman’s decisions.

3. Safer care, with professionals working together across boundaries to ensure rapid referral, and access to the right care in the right place; leadership for a safety culture within and across organisations; and investigation, honesty and learning when things go wrong.

4. Better postnatal and perinatal mental health care, to address the historic underfunding and provision in these two vital areas, which can have a significant impact on the life chances and wellbeing of the woman, baby and family.

5. Multi-professional working, breaking down barriers between midwives, obstetricians and other professionals to deliver safe and personalised care for women and their babies.

6. Working across boundaries to provide and commission maternity services to support personalisation, safety and choice, with access to specialist care whenever needed.

7. A payment system that fairly and adequately compensates providers for delivering high quality care to all women efficiently, while supporting commissioners to commission for personalisation, safety and choice.

How can I get involved?

If you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 2 years and would like to help shape the future of Maternity Care Services, or feel very passionate about improving Maternity Care, just telephone the number on the advert above to confirm your place at the event at Rock Up on Tuesday 30th January 2018. If you are unable to make it, keep a look out for further information on how you can get involved!







“You can choose where to give birth, even a stable. Home birth is your choice. It is the default. You have to decide to leave your home.”

December 28th, 2017

This is such a good summary and post by The Positive Birth Movement, festive too!

December 22ndYou can choose where to give birth, even a stable. Home birth is your choice. It is the default. You have…

Posted by The Positive Birth Movement on Tuesday, 26 December 2017

The Home Birth Checklist

October 2nd, 2017

Hot Water and Towels

In old movies you would always hear someone shout ‘get hot water and towels’ when a woman was in labour, it has been debated as to what the hot water and towels were actually for! Perhaps to occupy the least useful person and get them out of the way, or maybe towels to mop up and hot (boiling) water to sterilise things. Interestingly things really haven’t changed that much and in a recent poll asking local home birthing woman what items they would recommend for a home birth, both old towels and a birthing pool made it to the top of the list! (See below for the full list).

Lets go back to the beginning though, you might be wondering what do you actually need to give birth at home and how much mess will there be? Contrary to popular belief home births are not actually that messy. The midwives take away the majority of waste with them and some mums have even said that the odd stain on a sheet or towel has washed out. The first thing to consider is what sort of birth would you like? Where do you envisage giving birth? This might seem like a strange concept to someone who has already experienced a hospital birth but really, one of the biggest positives of giving birth in your home is that you get to set the rules!

Birthing on Dry Land

This might involve giving birth; over a birthing ball, on all fours, on a birthing stool, leaning on your birth partner, sat in your birth partner’s lap, knelt on a bed, on all fours on a bed, leaning over a bed…. and the list goes on, really anything goes. A good way to prepare for this is to have some old sheets on the floor, furniture and bed, don’t forget you might change your mind part way through giving birth so it’s a good idea to be prepared. On our sofa I laid plastic decorating sheets and then over that an old bed sheet that I didn’t mind chucking at the end. I ended up delivering the placenta here and this set up was perfect, the only clear up here was to bundle everything into a waste bag that the midwives took away with them. On our bed I followed advice to make it up as usual, then lay inco pads or put on a plastic sheet on and on top of that old bedding/sheets. This means that following the birth the old sheets and inco padding can be stripped away and disposed of and your bed is already made underneath.

Water Birth

If you would like to have a water birth it’s a good idea to plan well in advance where you will get your pool from. Some people like to buy a brand new pool, others look for second hand ones on selling sites or alternatively you can hire one. The hired ones book up fast so don’t leave it too late! Even if you buy a new one you will need to buy a new liner for it and possibly a new filling hose. Some people say that with a new pool a liner isn’t necessary but believe me, the clean up is so much easier if you can throw away the debris with the liner! This also makes it easier to sell the pool on! If hiring a pool it might be worth looking at a package, for a small amount extra I was able to hire a pool cover, birthing ball, birthing stool and a TENS machine from the same place.

When setting up the pool, it’s best to have tarpaulin underneath, I bought a few inexpensive sheets from our local Boyes and it was perfect for the job! I have heard that some people use shower curtains, but just be careful as I know some aren’t fully water resistant. On top of the tarpaulin I had a yoga mat so the floor wasn’t slippy for me or the midwives!

Before the birth it’s recommended to do a full pool run through, this ensures that your tap connecters work, there are no punctures and you can also get an idea of how long it takes to inflate and fill a pool! Don’t leave it too late to do this, our run through was exactly 5 hours before my waters broke!

Filling your Pool

We had a horrendous time with the universal tap connectors as they just weren’t universal enough for our taps!! Our taps were old so none would unscrew and I was beginning to envisage my partner traipsing back and forth with buckets. After a bit of YouTubing I found an American man who had connected a hose pipe to his shower head, so the next day heavily pregnant me was stood in a plumbing shop trying to explain why I wanted to connect a garden hose to my shower! Connecting the hose to the shower worked a treat but just be mindful that your shower may have a thermostat on it, this meant that we needed to top up the pool with water from the kettle to get it to temperature. Just a word of warning, I have seen on home birth pages people suggesting using the pump that comes with your rented pool to siphon water from the bath or a sink into your pool. It’s likely that the pump has already been used to empty the waste water following a birth and because the inside of a pump cannot be sterilised, this method is not recommended.

What else is needed?

Think about what birth environment you would like, someone famously once said that the perfect environment for a baby to be born is similar to the one it was conceived in. Think low lighting, candles, soft music, home comforts, snacks, aromatherapy oils etc, as said before, this is your home and your birth so pretty much anything goes! Also, don’t forget to stock up on tea bags, drinks and snacks for the midwives!

What do the midwives bring?

Historically midwives would bring a birthing bag or box to your house in the weeks leading up to your birth but this is often no longer the case. Most midwives will now bring their equipment with them on the day, this may include;

  • Monitoring equipment (Sphyg, Thermometer, Doppler – check the midwives have a waterproof cover if using a birth pool)

  • Resuscitation equipment

  • Suturing equipment

  • Oxytocics (for during placenta delivery and in case of heavy bleeding, only if required)

  • Adrenaline (in case of allergic reaction)

  • Vitamin K (check with midwives if you would prefer oral over injection)

  • General Obstetrics equipment

  • Gloves (sterile and non sterile – mention to midwives if you have a latex allergy)

  • Bags for the placenta and other waste (tell the midwives if you wish to keep the placenta)

  • Scales to weigh baby

  • Gas and Air.

Anything we’ve forgotten?

Here’s the rest of the list from our poll of local home birthing women:

  1. Old Towels

  2. Birthing Pool

  3. Tap Connector / Adapter

  4. A Jug (to measure urinary output before the midwives leave)

  5. Candles

  6. A Sieve / Debris Net

  7. Hose

  8. Birthing Ball

  9. Refreshments for Midwives

  10. Food

  11. TENS Machine

  12. Inco / Puppy Pads

  13. Hypnobirthing Book & CD

  14. Aromatherapy Oils

  15. A Birth Plan (including Breastfeeding contacts)

  16. Old Sheets

  17. Drinks (straws are also helpful)

  18. Music

  19. Phone App to Time Contractions (or pen and paper)

  20. Bin Bags

  21. Birthing Stool

  22. Doula

  23. Affirmation Board

  24. Sign on the Front Door (do not disturb)

  25. Fan

  26. Camera

You will also need the following. Don’t skimp on the maternity pads! I almost ran out before I had given birth because I didn’t realise that when your waters go they carry on leaking!

Taken from North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s Guide

It’s worth adding that some home birthing mums prefer not to pack an overnight bag, personally I did pack one so I knew everything was in one place, this made it easier for my partner too. It doesn’t have to be an overnight bag though, you could always use a box or a shopping bag.

Read some local Home Birth Stories >>>>> Here!


22 Reasons Why Local Mums are Choosing to Give Birth at Home!

August 29th, 2017

1. Home is where I am most comfortable

2. I didn’t have to worry about the pool not being available

3. I could do as I pleased

4. I didn’t have to travel whilst in labour

5. My husband/partner wouldn’t have to leave me at night

6. I could have a hands off birth if I wished

7. I didn’t have to worry about child care

8. I could have who I liked there

9. The hospital doesn’t provide a natural environment

10. Hospitals are for illness or emergencies not normal birth

11. I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my own room / staffing issues

12 I had never been a patient in hospital before.

13. I could have access to real food

14. I could have an independent midwife

15. I could involve my other child/ren

16. I was worried about the labour being too quick to get to hospital

17.  I knew it was the safest place

18. I worked at the hospital and knew too many people!

19. I’m vegan so could actually have food at home

20. I’ve had 2 babies without pain relief so thought I would try at home

21. I am scared of hospitals, if not ill or visiting someone

22. I had a bad experience during first labour

These reasons are from real home birthing mums and were taken from a poll posted in our Facebook private discussion group



I often hear ‘A Home Birth? How brave!’ Giving birth at home is not brave. Lets look at how monkey mama does it – a cartoon by Cartoon Kate

August 8th, 2017

I often hear ‘A Home Birth? How brave!’ Giving birth is not brave, it’s normal.

This cartoon about birth explains how the process works and is designed to entertain and to inspire.

Continued at …….. Birth: How monkey mama does it – Cartoon Kate

If you like this please check out the rest of the book ‘Bump – How to make, grow and birth a baby – By Kate Evans