We want you to have information to help you to make choices about where you have your baby and what support you have before and after your baby is born.

Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth (SHIP) NHS trusts have been working together to create a more ‘family focussed’ maternity service that offers women a clear, consistent menu of informed choice that helps them access the care they want, where they want it, when they want it.

This website will go through your choices, and give you space to record decisions about your care.

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Tell us what you need and then make choices that work for you

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A key element of our vision for maternity services is for them to become more personalised, with choice offered at every opportunity.

We want to make sure that maternity care is personalised to women, their baby and their families.

Most women give birth locally but you have choices and can go wherever you wish.

MyMaternity Info

This website is for you to complete when and how you want. On your own, with your partner or family it’s up to you.

The forms on this website can be filled in at the start of your pregnancy or as you go through. Please remember that on occasion circumstances can change, which means your options may be different. Your midwife will discuss choices with you throughout your pregnancy and what options are available to you.

If after using this website you need any more information, support, help or would like to explore any areas of your care further, your midwife will be able to help you.

The website will assist you to:

  • Help you understand the choices available to you for your antenatal, labour and postnatal care.
  • Assist you when you are planning and preparing for labour and throughout your birth.

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"We chose to give birth at the hospital for peace of mind due to some issues with our previous birth, knowing we could use the natural pain relief of the water giving us the chance of the most natural birth we could achieve but knowing there was a doctor around"

Mum of Hugo aged 4 and Grace 10 months