NHS Suffolk and North East Essex - Giving Birth Booklet

The NHS in Suffolk and North East Essex is dedicated to ensuring that women have access to the highest possible quality of care, wherever they choose to give birth. Improving maternity services Your choices In Suffolk and North East Essex there are three hospitals where you can give birth: • Colchester • Ipswich • West Suffolk All our maternity units offer both consultant-led and midwifery-led care depending on the level of support you need. You can also choose to give birth at home, where you will be supported by midwives. Antenatal care is carried out in a variety of locations such as in your home, our hospitals, in children’s centres and in health centres close to where you live. Most women can choose where they receive antenatal care, although some women with particular medical needs may be advised to attend hospital for appointments. Women can also choose to have their postnatal care either at home, in hospital, or in health and children’s centres near where they live.