The Home Birth Support Group UK is a large, national on-line, peer to peer support group found on Facebook, the group is truly life changing for our members, facilitated and guided by Samantha, an experienced Doula.
We are an incredibly supportive and interactive group, with wonderful evidence based units, on all topics, from freebirth to gestational diabetes, surrogacy, Group Strep B, “big baby”, and more, with resources and hundreds (probably thousands) of birth stories on so many home birth related topics, including positive transfer stories.
The group is without a shadow of a doubt the best resource for home birth, for birth workers and midwives it is like constant, continuous development
One of my midwives asked if there was something going on online with homebirthing ladies…. apparently they are experiencing a huge influx of really empowered ladies who have a really clear idea of the birth they’re after and challenging all advice. My midwife was absolutely delighted about this and wondered if I knew whether we are all getting together some how and supporting each other through the birth planning process. I spoke highly of your group, and she loved knowing about its existence xxxx JH Group Member.
The group cannot give or replace medical advice but can give information on options and an incredible amount of support.
The group is free to join for pregnant women and people and there is a £25 joining free for birth workers, midwives and other birth professionals (£12.50 for student midwives).
Some members choose to give one off or ongoing amounts, once they have experienced the support of the group and of Samantha, in terms of the size of the group, all amounts make a difference, no matter how small.
I love this group and how empowering it is and influential to support those who wish or have had a homebirth. How welcoming it is even when birth plans and outcomes change. This is a lovely, positive group. When women and people recount their experiences and ask for advice and support. It comes flooding in. The groups members feel emotionally connected to each other. If one is hurt in anyway. Others are emotionally affected too. We all want to be there for each other. Then hearing all the amazing birth stories. Whether it’s a homebirth or not. It’s amazing seeing all these empowered women own their births and space. If things don’t go as well as would have hoped. We all go into protective mode. When everyone else in the world seems to be so against a person having a homebirth. Here is a safe space where everyone supports each other. Michelle Group Member.
You can DONATE to support group. Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated.
You can join group – HERE. Please ensure you answer the group questions.
All of our members births are important to us and we support any changes to their birth pathway and all of our births. We find the group a little micro world of what happens when medical intervention during birth is restricted to those who need it – some of our members are supported in their birth choices, some make alternative decisions and some end up birthing in a hospital or midwife led unit (AMLU AMU BC) or stand alone birth centre.
For us, all births start at home – some stay there and my Home Birth Transfer Is Not A Failure, blog post discusses this in more detail.
Our birth stories range from home freebirth, birth before arrivals, to planned in labour caesareans, hospital transfers and inductions.
We also have access to a range of group discounts.
Access to the content of the group and the experiences is deeply enriching and educational and will be highly valuable to you in your conversations and decisions about where to birth.
Our members are exceptionally fond of the group too – here are some of their words.
“I haven’t birthed yet, but I joined because I had decided I wanted to have this baby at home and my lovely friend sent me an invitation to join. Being here has helped me think about the different aspects of home birth and imagine how it might be for us. It’s a really supportive space with lots of knowledge! Also the birth stories are really inspiring!”
“I had my baby before finding the group (homebirth) but it makes me so happy being able to advise other women and also to see other stories that are so similar to my own when in the real world stories like mine are few and far between!?”
“I found the group because I KNEW I couldn’t have another baby in hospital. I wanted to be at home after a massive trust issue with my local (assigned) hospital.
So finding this group not only inspired me, but it supported my rights to choose xx”
“I had always wanted a home birth with all 5 babies but was never brave enough or knew I was allowed until I found this group that gave me the info and confidence to birth no 5 at home.”
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“I was added to this group by my friend, and have found it to be a really supportive, informative group. I was certain of what I wanted this time round, being my third baby and second homebirth, but the group definitely helped me maintain my mindset- especially when it came to talk of post dates induction etc. I only wish it’d been around when I had my first 4 and 1/2 years ago; think one of the biggest regrets of my life will be going into hospital for “slow progress” with him, and the resulting traumatic birth took a lot to come to terms with. I happily recommend it to everyone as a great source of evidence based info, not just to those planning a homebirth!”
“This group is an amazing source of information and positive stories. I didn’t really know what a homebirth entailed versus MLU or Labour ward. The info here helped me to make my decision that I will (hopefully!) be having one. It has also taken away a lot of anxiety around it. Thanks!”
“I 100% would have gone to hospital if it wasn’t for this group! So glad I found it and you all gave me confidence to birth at home. I recommend it to everyone I meet thinking about home birthing x”
Some of our members stories can be found on my blog and in my photo galleries.
Running the group and administrating its amazing content, forms a substantial part of my time, the role requires time, research, energy, care and commitment, while I have kept the group free for pregnant women and people and have a minimal fee for birth workers, I cannot run the group entirely for free.
I recognise that fee paying for online content can be challenging for some, however the sustainability of the content of the group is vital for many women and birthing people and ask you to respect that the group is best way for many to manage the connection and content that supports so many and is vital to the ongoing conversations about home birth and challenging patriarchal culture within the NHS.
Respecting women’s rights to charge for online content is a deeply feminist issue and I ask to you to respect and uphold the fee structure for birth workers and what this group represents to the sustainability of the maternity workforce.
Birth Workers and other professionals can pay HERE.
If you are UK based and have an interest in home birth, come and join us, if you are willing to subscribe or donate to support group this can be done via my DONATE page.