Mum pledges to fight for home births for West Norfolk mums

PUBLISHED: 09:56 08 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:56 08 May 2014

Mark and Cathryn Remmington with baby Emelda. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Mark and Cathryn Remmington with baby Emelda. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A mum has vowed to carry on helping other women campaign for the right to be able to give birth at home, despite having to have her baby delivered in a hospital.

Cathryn Remmington, 32, of Scholars Way, Upwell, gave birth to daughter Emelda, on March 20 in Peterborough City Hospital after the Queen Elizabeth Hospital home birth service in King’s Lynn was suspended.

Mrs Remmington, also mum to Logan, 3, says that she will continue to support mums who want to fight for the service to be resumed through her Baby Sensory classes that she runs and the home birth group Facebook page.

Mrs Remmington said: “It isn’t the staff at the Queen Elizabeth hospital we are getting at, they do a wonderful job, but it’s because of the Trust and the funding.

“Some of my friends and people who I know of are being turned away from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and have to go all the way to Norwich to give birth. But they have just had two midwives return from Ethiopia - but why send them out there when we haven’t got enough midwives here.”

Mrs Remmington’s hopes of having a home birth for this pregnancy where dashed after her consultant told her that the home birth service had been suspended.

She said: “I was told all along that it would be ok for me have a home birth. It was only when I saw my consultant for a routine appointment that he told me. I was 31 weeks pregnant with not long to go.”

Mrs Remmington was “gutted” to learn that she could not give birth at home so she enlisted the support of natural childbirth charity Birthrights and a solicitor to challenge the ruling and get the service re-instated.

Kathryn Ellis, Director of Operations and Strategy at NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WNCCG), said: “West Norfolk CCG is currently in discussion with the QEH about the long term provision of maternity services, including home births.

“The CCG maintains its commitment to commissioning high quality and effective maternity services for women in the West of Norfolk.”


  • While I sympathise with you Cathryn, I took 3 weeks of my annual leave to offer my midwifery skills to the midwives, women and their babies in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia. My trip was entirely self funded and it was an incredible experience in which I felt humbled and honoured to give my support and expertise. It saddens me that you were misinformed about the details of our trip. If you should need any support for future pregnancies, you could contact the Cambridge Independent Midwives.

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    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • The QEH maternity department did not 'send' any midwives to Ethiopa! If you read the news articles on their trip carefully it quite clearly stated that they both went in their holiday. Their own time.

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    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I've had two amazing home births in South Norfolk. Please keep fighting if you're reading this and it's what you want, and well done to Catherine for keeping the ball rolling for other mums.

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    Shauna Tate

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Cathryn, you may find the help and information from AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) invaluable. They have a letter template for mums who are told that there is not enough cover for home birth which explains that mother's rights and the Trust's responsibilities to provide care at home. AIMS will support you with all of your birth campaigning - they're a volunteer-run organisation which has been supporting women, families and campaigners around birth since the 1960s.

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    Friday, May 9, 2014

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