Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Women told to give birth at home

BBC on-line, UK, November , 2006

Mothers-to-be in Bridlington will be encouraged to opt for home births

A maternity unit in Bridlington is to close as an NHS trust attempts to claw back £7m of overspending.

Hospital bosses say mothers-to-be in the town will be encouraged to opt for home births.

The move is part of a raft of measures announced by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare Trust on Friday, in a bid to save £4.5m a year.

The trust also announced a recruitment freeze, but said it did not plan any compulsory redundancies.

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While I love the idea that the U.K. is officially promoting home birth, I don't think anyone should tell a woman where to give birth.

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