Mum pledges to fight for home births for West Norfolk mums

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

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

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.'

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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.'

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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.'

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