Having a child is a major part of life for many women.
And while pregnant, there are lots of difficult decisions that need to be made.
One of the main ones, of course, is where will the child be born.
And the web app released by Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth aims to make that choice a little easier.
Developed after a £72,000 grant was awarded to Portsmouth NHS Hospitals Trust, it gives mums and dads-to-be a statistical breakdown on every choice, whether it’s a hospital birth they want to have or a midwife-led unit.
Unsurprisingly, it’s proven very popular and sparked interest from other hospitals around the country who want to use it in their area.
It’s a simple tool but really does work – got to mybirthplace.org/portsmouth to see for yourself.
And what it really goes to show is often it’s about how you get the message across that counts.
Before this website was up and running, we’re sure that all the information was available on leaflets or mentioned at appointments.
But its the concept of putting it online that is the secret of its success.
Most people have a phone with them at all times whether at home or out and about.
And most people have five minutes to click through and get the information they need in a way that’s easy to understand to make an informed choice.
As a tool for pregnant women, it can only be a good thing.
The more people that get the full picture the better.
As head of midwifery Gill Walton says: ‘It shows that there is a low risk in birth no matter if that is at home or in the hospital.’ That’s another key point to remember.
Not only is pregnancy an exciting time, but a worrying one, too.
Anything that can help calm those nerves has to be a good thing.
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