Home birth

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to make some important changes to our maternity services to help keep you and our staff safe. This includes temporarily suspending the home births service and Edgware Birth Centre. 

In line with other hospital trusts in north Central London, the Royal Free London is putting new measures in place for women due to give birth during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This is to ensure the trust can continue to deliver safe maternity care to all women having a baby under our care.

At the end of March the Royal Free London temporarily suspended home births services to ensure that women and their babies have the safest birth possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following assessment against the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives guidance for provision of midwife-led settings and home birth in the evolving coronavirus pandemic, and based upon key criteria, including staffing levels, we are now able to reinstate a restricted home birth service at the Royal Free London from 7 May 2020. The restricted home birth service will be offered to those women previously booked for home birth.

Please note, the temporary suspension of the Edgware Birth Centre continues to be in place and is likely to remain in place up to end of August 2020, at which point it will be re-assessed to determine if it needs to be extended. 

We know that this a difficult time and would like to reassure women due to give birth that the trust supports all women’s choices; please discuss alternative options with your midwife. 

We thank you for supporting us to deliver safe care to all women and their babies and apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your midwife. 

Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 advice page which provides the latest information about our maternity services.