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Q & A

Can I give birth in the CMU if it is my first baby?

If you have a healthy, single pregnancy with no medical or obstetric complications, you can choose to have your baby in the CMU.

Yes.  Options for place of birth will be discussed with you at booking and during your pregnancy.

Why may I not be able to give birth at the CMU?

The midwives at the CMU consider your and your babies' health to be of paramount importance and therefore any medical or pregnancy related conditions have to be considered in deciding the best place to have your baby.

What if a complication happens during labour?

Because you have experienced a fit, healthy pregnancy , you are less likely to experience complications, however should the need arise, the highly skilled midwives will manage the situation appropriately and will accompany you to the consultant led unit.

What management strategies can I use during labour?

Find out more on our 'Mum's journey / Labour and birth' page.

Midwives find that support offered by them and your birthing partner, in a warm, friendly environment enables you to maintain control of your labour and reduces the need for intervention and drugs.

Who can be with me in labour in the CMU?

Bring with you the one or two people you choose to offer you support at this time.