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Place of birth options

The Rosie offers three locations for labour and birth – home, Rosie birth centre (RBC) or delivery unit.

If you have no health or pregnancy complications, the usual place to birth your baby is the Rosie birth centre or at home.

If you chose to have your baby at home, your birth will be supported by midwives who take the lead in care for low risk pregnancy and childbirth. 

If you chose to have your baby in the birth centre you will be supported at the birth by midwives who take the lead in the care of low risk births. Each room in the birth centre is designed to offer a calm environment and has its own pool and en-suite facilities. Your partner may stay with you throughout your stay here, and it is anticipated that you will return home within a few hours after the birth.

If you have any medical conditions or pregnancy complications that would indicate the need for obstetric led care, then the safest place for you to have your baby is on the delivery unit, where your birth will be supported by a maternity team which will include midwives and doctors. The delivery unit also has rooms with en suite facilities and there is a newly refurbished pool room.

Talk to your midwife about any risk factors in your pregnancy and the most appropriate option for you.

Non-urgent advice: Home births: Important information

The maternity service at the Rosie supports home births however it is acknowledged that at times this will not possible due to staffing and/or workload both within the hospital and/ or community.

Should it not be possible to support a homebirth then a woman in labour will be asked to attend the Rosie (or if on divert to a neighbouring unit) where there is a midwife available to care for her.

In the event of a labouring woman being unable to make her way in or declining to attend and  the unit is unable to attend the birth at home then an ambulance will be sent to facilitate transfer to a unit where a midwife is available to provide care.

Cambridge Birth Choices

Cambridge Birth Choices is a peer-to-peer group providing support and information about choices in childbirth for the Cambridge community. They meet on the second Friday at the Cambridge Women's Resources Centre at 12:30-14:30 (women and children only) and the last Friday of the month 13:00-15:00 at Satyam Yoga Cambridge on Hawthorne Way (everyone welcome).

Please e-mail for more information.

Your Choices booklet

Download a copy of the Your Choices before, during and after pregnancy.

The booklet has been developed with feedback and support from staff,  patients and our partners and is available from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.