The Royal County Hospital of Sussex revealed 9% of women who live within the hospital’s area gave birth at home – a figure 2.3% higher than the country’s coverall rate.
Princess Royal Hospital, also in Sussex, saw 2.8% of pregnant women giving birth at home, contributing to an overall home birth rate of 6.4% for Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.
Community midwifery manager, Marion Wilyman said: “This is great news for all low risk women who receive their care at BSUH.
“I am extremely proud of the community midwives as without their commitment and expertise this would not be possible.”
Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust employs 78 community midwives, 12 maternity support workers and three team leaders.
“In the future the plan is to provide more women with a choice to deliver at home or in a midwifery led unit,” Marion Wilyman added.
The national rate of home births nationally has remained the same over the last few years at 2%.
According to the Mid Sussex Times, 1960 saw 33% of pregnant women give birth at home. The rate then fell to a record low of 0.9% between 1985 and 1988.
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