Officials ‘looking at’ restoring King’s Lynn home birth service

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn
GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

The home birth service axed by Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital could be reinstated once its new midwife-led birthing unit is fully operational, officials have said.

The hospital has not offered home births since before September 2013 when the service was suspended due to a shortage of midwives.

The hospital initially said the move was temporary but in March last year it announced it was permanently terminated.

The decision angered several mums, including one who resorted to paying for private care, who claimed they were being denied the option of giving birth in the circumstances of their choosing.

Now the hospital’s director of nursing, Catherine Morgan, said home births may be an option once again in future.

Asked whether the service would be reinstated following the opening of The Waterlily Centre last week, she said: “We are looking into it.

“It was a priority to get the centre up and running fully, and the staff working well for the women who come into it but, once that happens, we may be able to get the home birth service back again as well.”

The hospital has employed 12 new midwives recently as part of its drive to improve maternity services, taking the total number to 84.