If you would like to try a water birth, most of the units have birthing pools, but if you would like an epidural you will need to have your baby in a consultant-led unit (either University Hospitals Dorset or Dorset County Hospital).
Next, think about the distance of each location from your home – how long would it take you to get there during busy times, especially if this is a second or subsequent labour?
If you or your baby need additional monitoring or care, your consultant may tell you that you need to give birth in a consultant-led unit, but you may still be able to choose which one (e.g. University Hospitals Dorset or Dorset County Hospital). We recommend talking to your consultant or midwife about your personal options.
Looking at the statistics for each location will give you more information – for midwife-led units, this will tell you how many transfers have been necessary, how long transfers take, and other useful statistics. For consultant-led units, you can see information on the number of assisted births, caesareans, and so on. Lots of women find that these statistics are a useful part of choosing where to give birth.