Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn suspends home births
A hospital given approval by new mothers in a survey last year has had to suspend its home births service because of a shortage of midwives.
A total of 150 new mothers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, responded to the survey.
Their views will help shape future maternity care, but home births will remain suspended indefinitely.
"We are very sorry but we do not have sufficient midwives to meet needs," head of nursing Catherine Morgan said.
"Our aim is that all parents are able to choose where the birth of their child takes place.
"However, we must always ensure the safety and quality of care of our mothers and babies comes first.
"Therefore we have taken the decision to suspend the home birth service for six months to concentrate all our resources on providing safe care in the hospital setting.
"We have had to make this difficult decision in the interests of patient safety. We plan to review the situation after this time.
"The midwifery team will be happy to continue to offer support and advice to mothers regarding options available to them."