NEW APP TO HELP ISLAND WOMEN CHOOSE WHERE TO GIVE BIRTH

mybirthplacelogoAn app has this week been launched to help expectant mothers on the Isle of Wight decide on their planned place of birth.

The app, My Birthplace, for use across the Wessex region, was developed by midwives and local mothers in Portsmouth. The My Birthplace app has been used by thousands of women in the Portsmouth area since its inception in 2014, and now tens of thousands more are set to benefit.

My Birthplace gives mums-to-be and midwives research based information about outcomes for birth and information about local services to help them decide where they want to give birth. The app also gives the user information about home or hospital birth with national statistics on the risks and benefits of both options. The free web based app is available from www.mybirthplace.org.

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Midwives at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust will discuss the app with women at their antenatal appointments to support them in deciding their planned place of birth.

The app also allows access to all the other areas within Wessex so that if women are away from their local area they can find information about contacting and finding the nearest unit as the app can identify their location.

Annie Hunter, Head of Midwifery said:

“This app really does help women to make an informed decision about where would be best for them to have their baby. On the island we do only have the Maternity Unit at St Mary’s to offer but the app will help women to make a decision about home birth or hospital birth and will also provide them with other relevant information and data so they can make a confident choice”

The app offers choice throughout the Wessex area and will be used by the six other Trusts across the South of England-  Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,  The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

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