In some hospitals in Belgium, you can give birth with your own independent midwife who has followed and supported you throughout your entire pregnancy. All the benefits of one-on-one midwife care, with its focus on physiological birth and typically fewer interventions during birth, plus the added reassurance of being close to additional medical teams if needed during labour and birth. For some mums, it's the perfect option!
Just last week, CHU Saint-Pierre | UMC Sint-Pieter in central Brussels announced the exciting news that they're officially allowing independent midwives to use their facilities to support births in full autonomy!
They're currently in the process of setting up agreements with independent midwives, and as soon as we know more about which (teams of) midwives will be able to offer this option, we'll let you know!
Wondering which other hospitals offer this option?
From what we know, this is also possible in:
Note: Not all independent midwives can support births in these hospitals, as it depends on individual agreements. If you know of other hospitals offering this then please let us know!
Thank you Siobhan at www.thevillage.be for picking up on this important addition to midwifery care in Brussels and then spreading the word!