NHS in Bristol area encourages birth at home

More women in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are being encouraged to give birth at home.

A new NHS campaign in the old Avon area aims to increase the number of home births from 4% to 10%.

An NHS spokeswoman said the move was in response to a review of the local maternity service, where woman expressed interest.

She added that home births were not suitable for all women.

An NHS Bristol spokeswoman said: "One of the things the women said was that they wanted home births but were unsure of how to go about it and how safe it was."

She said giving birth at home could benefit mother and baby by offering a familiar environment.

The NHS advises anyone considering a home birth to discuss it with their midwife, who will monitor them throughout their pregnancy to ensure they remain suitable.

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