[PDF] Planning place of birth

Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network - GAIN
Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN)
Publication date:
01 January 2016


This guideline predominantly relates to women with a straightforward singleton pregnancy at the point of labour. It is important to note that at each point of maternity care, all women should be assessed to ensure that they are receiving care from the most appropriate professional; that is, continue with midwife-led care (MLC), transfer to consultant-led care or transfer back to MLC; in particular, women who have been referred for investigation(s) or treatment which has been resolved. If there is any uncertainty, multidisciplinary discussion is necessary, with appropriate documentation. Further clarification with regard to place of birth can be facilitated by a senior midwife or supervisor of midwives.