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 restricting the home births service. 

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, a restricted home birth service was reinstated 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.

From Monday 12 October, Edgware Birth Centre will reopen.

We know that this a difficult time and we thank you for supporting us to deliver safe care to women and their babies and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of both these services.  We would also like to reassure you that we are committed to supporting all women’s decisions in relation to their birth place choice. If you have any questions or would like to know more about birthing at Edgware Birth Centre, 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.