No home births in York this weekend

York Press: No home births in York this weekend No home births in York this weekend

Mothers-to-be hoping to have babies at home tomorrow (Saturday) face disappointment because of the Tour.

NHS bosses have suspended the home delivery option for 24 hours because of congestion fears.

York Teaching Hospitals trust says "in the interests of patient safety, and to reduce risks to women and babies", the service will be suspended for 24 hours from 4.30pm on Saturday (5).

Liz Ross, Head of Midwifery, said: “We want to reassure women and their partners that their safety and the safety of their baby is our top priority.

“We have put a number of plans in place to prepare for the Tour de France including allocating staff who work locally to work within the maternity unit that weekend.

“We have also allocated additional staff to be on call and in maternity triage and have made arrangement for partners to stay over, and mothers and babies to stay longer in the unit, if they are unable to get home after giving birth."

But women who do go into Labour who were on the books for a home birth will now have to go into hospital during the period.

She continued: "Due to potential access difficulties or delays of Community Midwives and emergency ambulances, should they be required during labour and birth, we made the decision to suspend the home birth service for a 24 hour period.

“Women who are due to give birth at home during this period are invited to visit the Hospital to see the low risk birthing environments we have available.”

Throughout this period, Midwives will be available to seek advice, support and guidance, she added.

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12:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BioLogic says...

I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed.
I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed. BioLogic
  • Score: -1

1:08pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mr Pinky says...

Seems like a sensible decision from the NHS to me. The NHS can't help the disruption to the city (for a great event), and have put in place contingency with patient safety at the heart of it.

Not sure the NHS' priority should be to potentially disrupt a major event or sit in traffic to deliver a home birth, when the safest thing for everyone involved is to do what they're doing.

(Numbers of people affected will be tiny, of course)
Seems like a sensible decision from the NHS to me. The NHS can't help the disruption to the city (for a great event), and have put in place contingency with patient safety at the heart of it. Not sure the NHS' priority should be to potentially disrupt a major event or sit in traffic to deliver a home birth, when the safest thing for everyone involved is to do what they're doing. (Numbers of people affected will be tiny, of course) Mr Pinky
  • Score: 15

1:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Frenchlife says...

For the health of these women who may want to give birth at home I feel for them, how ever due to safety and of course the bike race it seems a sensible thing to do, but why the roads are shut for the length of time they are going to be is crazy, in France traffic moves within a short period after. What about the ambulance strike ?
For the health of these women who may want to give birth at home I feel for them, how ever due to safety and of course the bike race it seems a sensible thing to do, but why the roads are shut for the length of time they are going to be is crazy, in France traffic moves within a short period after. What about the ambulance strike ? Frenchlife
  • Score: 12

2:04pm Fri 4 Jul 14

flickyhair says...

So, given that emergency services and community midwives "can't make it to women's houses" the answer is to make those women head into hospital, around the same road closures, and through the same congestion? Increasing the risk of birthing in transit rather than in their own home - usually a more comfortable setting?

Yeah...
So, given that emergency services and community midwives "can't make it to women's houses" the answer is to make those women head into hospital, around the same road closures, and through the same congestion? Increasing the risk of birthing in transit rather than in their own home - usually a more comfortable setting? Yeah... flickyhair
  • Score: 48

2:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mr Pinky says...

Flickyhair - births will happen during this period. By doing it this way around, staff and expertise is concentrated in one area, not spread over the city. While that may be fine practice in 'normal' times, it's sensible this weekend not to have expert staff in cars.

There will still be emergency ambulances, of course, as needed, to bring women into hospital where required.
Flickyhair - births will happen during this period. By doing it this way around, staff and expertise is concentrated in one area, not spread over the city. While that may be fine practice in 'normal' times, it's sensible this weekend not to have expert staff in cars. There will still be emergency ambulances, of course, as needed, to bring women into hospital where required. Mr Pinky
  • Score: 10

2:35pm Fri 4 Jul 14

tobefair says...

I'll be glad when it's grand departed and we can all get back to normal.
I'll be glad when it's grand departed and we can all get back to normal. tobefair
  • Score: 9

4:10pm Fri 4 Jul 14

carl19692 says...

It wont be much different to the normal homebirths that are planned and subsequently told will not happen due to staffing issuses.
Both my daughters were planned homebirths but as the TWO community midwifes, obviously meaning one homebirth, we already called out we were advised to attend hospital.

They were both born at home without medical intervention or midwives present.
It wont be much different to the normal homebirths that are planned and subsequently told will not happen due to staffing issuses. Both my daughters were planned homebirths but as the TWO community midwifes, obviously meaning one homebirth, we already called out we were advised to attend hospital. They were both born at home without medical intervention or midwives present. carl19692
  • Score: 12

4:42pm Fri 4 Jul 14

flickyhair says...

Mr Pinky wrote:
Flickyhair - births will happen during this period. By doing it this way around, staff and expertise is concentrated in one area, not spread over the city. While that may be fine practice in 'normal' times, it's sensible this weekend not to have expert staff in cars.

There will still be emergency ambulances, of course, as needed, to bring women into hospital where required.
I understand the reasons for the decision I just find it amusing that it essentially comes down to, we can't get to you so you have to get to us. Can you not see the comedy in that?

They had to do something as there would be delays in service and this would bring risk but, personally I feel a birthing mother would be at just as much risk at home waiting for delayed midwives as she would in a car on the way to the hospital. The major downside of this decision is that it's potentially removed the right of any mother birthing during the period to have the birthing experience she wishes/entitled to.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Pinky[/bold] wrote: Flickyhair - births will happen during this period. By doing it this way around, staff and expertise is concentrated in one area, not spread over the city. While that may be fine practice in 'normal' times, it's sensible this weekend not to have expert staff in cars. There will still be emergency ambulances, of course, as needed, to bring women into hospital where required.[/p][/quote]I understand the reasons for the decision I just find it amusing that it essentially comes down to, we can't get to you so you have to get to us. Can you not see the comedy in that? They had to do something as there would be delays in service and this would bring risk but, personally I feel a birthing mother would be at just as much risk at home waiting for delayed midwives as she would in a car on the way to the hospital. The major downside of this decision is that it's potentially removed the right of any mother birthing during the period to have the birthing experience she wishes/entitled to. flickyhair
  • Score: 20

6:15pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jayeskaycee says...

I'm well past the age when this could have affected me. However, I feel it's a downright disgrace that better provision should have been made for this eventuality. Any parents-to-be who had organised home birth should have been given priority over a French bike ride. It isn't even a tour de france. It's a tour of Yorkshire and should have been called so.
I feel the parents-to-be are being treated disgracefully.
If the medical staff wouldn't be able to attend the home, how are the parents expected to get to the hospital?
Far too many concessions given for this ride.
I'm well past the age when this could have affected me. However, I feel it's a downright disgrace that better provision should have been made for this eventuality. Any parents-to-be who had organised home birth should have been given priority over a French bike ride. It isn't even a tour de france. It's a tour of Yorkshire and should have been called so. I feel the parents-to-be are being treated disgracefully. If the medical staff wouldn't be able to attend the home, how are the parents expected to get to the hospital? Far too many concessions given for this ride. jayeskaycee
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

naburn says...

So,a bike race is more important than a child? now I know the world has gone crazy!
So,a bike race is more important than a child? now I know the world has gone crazy! naburn
  • Score: 6

10:09pm Fri 4 Jul 14

redchick says...

There probably will be home births because mothers to be may not be able to travel to hospital due to traffic congestion...They just won't have a midwife present when it happens!
There probably will be home births because mothers to be may not be able to travel to hospital due to traffic congestion...They just won't have a midwife present when it happens! redchick
  • Score: 16

10:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

swh1963 says...

Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi
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Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi a.org/wiki/List_of_d oping_cases_in_cycli ng swh1963
  • Score: -1

7:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

meinit says...

swh1963 wrote:
Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi

a.org/wiki/List_of_d

oping_cases_in_cycli

ng
Who said that mums can't have a drug free birth apart from you
And why are people called sheep if they want to watch an event that is been held in this county just because you don't want to watch it doesn't mean that we all have to stay indoors
[quote][p][bold]swh1963[/bold] wrote: Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi a.org/wiki/List_of_d oping_cases_in_cycli ng[/p][/quote]Who said that mums can't have a drug free birth apart from you And why are people called sheep if they want to watch an event that is been held in this county just because you don't want to watch it doesn't mean that we all have to stay indoors meinit
  • Score: 2

8:48am Sat 5 Jul 14

Booteefairy says...

swh1963 wrote:
Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi

a.org/wiki/List_of_d

oping_cases_in_cycli

ng
A hospital birth doesn't have to involve drugs and intervention. I had a lovely experience of a natural drug- free birth at York hospital when my daughter was born.
[quote][p][bold]swh1963[/bold] wrote: Mums are unable to have a natural drug free birth because a bunch of dope heads are cycling that day, cheered on by the biggest flock of sheep Yorkshire has ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedi a.org/wiki/List_of_d oping_cases_in_cycli ng[/p][/quote]A hospital birth doesn't have to involve drugs and intervention. I had a lovely experience of a natural drug- free birth at York hospital when my daughter was born. Booteefairy
  • Score: 3

5:34pm Sun 6 Jul 14

malonemalone says...

BioLogic wrote:
I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed.
oh get over it
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed.[/p][/quote]oh get over it malonemalone
  • Score: 3

5:35pm Sun 6 Jul 14

malonemalone says...

BioLogic wrote:
I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed.
Impotent? LOL.........comedy
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: I think this is disgusting. To affect something so impotent and precious for a flipping bike race, means that the NHS trust have their priorities all wrong. i hope they are truly ashamed.[/p][/quote]Impotent? LOL.........comedy malonemalone
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Sun 6 Jul 14

malonemalone says...

Absolutely the right thing to do................fo
rward planning and common sense , well done
Absolutely the right thing to do................fo rward planning and common sense , well done malonemalone
  • Score: 3
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