Mums and families at the heart of everything we do.

Where can I give birth?

At Morecambe Bay we want your birthing experience to be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

There are a range of options you can choose from to help you decide where you want to give birth.

Where you want to have your baby is a personal choice, which is why we offer many options on where you can have your baby at Morecambe Bay.

What are my options?

You can give birth at home, a birth centre or in hospital.

Your options about where to have your baby will depend on your needs, risks and, to some extent, on where you live.

If you're healthy and have no complications ("low risk") you could consider any of these birth locations. For women with some medical conditions, it's safest to give birth in hospital, where specialists are available. This is in case you need treatment during labour.

Women who give birth at home or in a unit run by midwives are less likely to need assistance such as forceps or ventouse (sometimes called instrumental delivery).

Wherever you choose, the place should feel right for you. You can change your mind at any point in your pregnancy.

NHS Choices has more information about choosing where to give birth, but don't hesitate to contact your midwife if you have any questions.

You can also read the Royal College of Midwives 'Midwifery care in labour guidance for all women in all settings'.


What are my options with UHMBT?

Helme Chase (midwifery-led care)

Helme Chase is our midwife-led unit, based at the Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal.

A midwife-led unit means there are no doctors present.

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If you are assessed as having an uncomplicated pregnancy, i.e. you are unlikely to develop any complications during your pregnancy, whilst giving birth, or after your baby is born, you can choose to give birth at Helme Chase if you want to.

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If at any point during your pregnancy and labour, you or your midwife has any concerns then you will be transferred to one of our consultant-led units at either the RLI or FGH.

For more information on Helme Chase, and the services we offer, please visit:

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Delivery suites (Consultant and Midwifery-led care)

Our delivery suites at both the RLI and FGH provide both midwife and consultant-led care.

Women with or without risk can give birth at these maternity units.

If you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, whilst giving birth, or after your baby is born, you can have your labour and birth with a midwife present.

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If you do have risk factors such as diabetes or obesity, or require a caesarean section delivery, consultants are based at these units to work alongside the midwives caring for you.

The teams at both of Delivery Suites have a range of different birth options for you to consider when planning your birth.

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Home Birth

Rather than coming into hospital to have your baby, many women chose to give birth at home.

This option is available to women who are considered to be low-risk or have no underlying medical conditions.

You can request to have a home birth with your midwife.

After the birth of your baby, care and support are provided at your home. 

Our midwives are here to advise and support you and your family.

You can find out more information about the care you will receive after you
have had your baby here

At Morecambe Bay Hospitals we will provide, compassionate, high quality, evidence-based and safe maternity services that meet the needs and wishes of all women and their families.

Mums and families at the
heart of everything we do.

Contact us

Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital
01229 491 035

Maternity Services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
01524 583 850

Helme Chase, our midwife-led Maternity Services
at Westmorland General Hospital

01539 795375