Women in West Norfolk are being denied the safest forms of childbirth according to the latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Published today, the latest guidance says low risk women are less likely to need medical intervention when they give birth in a midwife-led unit or at home. There is no midwife-led unit in West Norfolk and Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital ended its home birth service last year.
Professor Mark Baker, NICE’s clinical practice director, said: “Where and how a woman gives birth to her baby can be hugely important to her.
Although women with complicated pregnancies will still need a doctor, there is no reason why women at low risk of complications during labour should not have their baby in an environment in which they feel most comfortable.”
The guidance solidifies draft guidance that was consulted upon earlier in the year.
Last week, West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, told the Lynn News it is working with the watchdog Monitor and Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to review maternity services. Attempts have been made to create rooms in the hospital’s delivery suite a more home-from-home and less clinical feel.