Sage Femme have the safety of our clients as a top priority. Unfortunately, that means that we have had to make changes to the way we give care. This is under constant review. Currently hospitals are saying that women can have one non-interchangeable birth partner and therefore we are not able to accompany you into hospital unless we are in place of another birth partner. We can however do early labour home assessments and provide you with telephone support once you are in hospital.
We would request that you let us know if you or anyone in your household has symptoms so that we can avoid visiting at this time. If you have Covid symptoms or test positive it will be recommended that you have a hospital birth and unfortunately you will not be able to have a birth partner with you.
Our midwives will be wearing full protective equipment for appointments in your home. If you would prefer to have the reassurance of video appointments instead we can organise them in place of physical appointments if that will not negatively impact on your pregnancy. In the event that further assessment is necessary, we will liaise with your booked hospital to ensure that you get the required follow up. We will help you to make the right decisions regarding attendance at the hospital. The NHS is understandably under exceptional strain and we would like to reduce further stress on their systems and risk to you from this contagious virus by reducing unnecessary hospital attendance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO SUPPORT HOMEBIRTHS IN THE CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER CATCHMENT AREA DUE TO NEW INSURANCE AND CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS.
If you want to check if you are eligible for a homebirth or early home labour care with us please see the map below for the Chelsea & Westminster catchment area.
If you are within this area, you can purchase our full package if you would like labour support. You also have the option of only paying for early labour care if you are not planning to have your baby at home.
On call services around the clock for when labour starts
Early labour home assessments when clinically appropriate
Home birth care: two midwives will be present for the birth to help and support you, offering the option of waterbirth if appropriate