The Cygnet Homebirth Team

The Cygnet Homebirth Team is a dedicated team of experienced midwives who provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to women choosing to birth their baby at home in West Dorset. The service has been so popular that Dorset County Hospital now has one of the highest home birth rates in the country.

Senior Midwife Tara Pointer-Putt set up the team in June 2015. Midwife Karen Myers have been part of the team since it started and Julie Younger, Sarah Punshon, Emma Barrett, Gemma Black and Julie Horn have all joined the team over the last couple of years. We are all passionate about women’s choices and supporting and empowering them to achieve the birth they wish in their own environment.

All care for women choosing a homebirth is provided within their own home. The team caseload women dependent on where they live, providing continuity of care which increases women’s and families satisfaction of their pregnancy and birth experience.

The benefits of homebirth include;

  • Being in the comfort of your own home – not having to travel when in labour

  • Knowing your midwife who comes to you in labour

  • Guaranteed use of a birth pool (birth hire available through Cygnet team)

  • Having family around you including your children if you wish

  • Low intervention rates

  • Evidence which supports the safety of second or subsequent births being as safe as birthing in hospital

  • DCH low transfer to hospital rate for first time births

The Cygnet Team midwives are available to come and discuss the possibility of having a homebirth, at any point in your pregnancy. Women can self refer themselves to the team at the beginning of their pregnancy or they can contact the team via 01305 253169 or homebirth@dchft.nhs.uk if they wish to transfer their antenatal care to them.

The team hold a monthly group on the first Thursday of every month; 7:30pm – 9pm at The Children’s Centre, DCH. This is an informal group, which welcomes women and their birthing partner, family or friends to discuss all areas of homebirth. Often our recent new mums and dads come along to share their stories and answer any questions that you may have.

Dorset County Hospital Cygnet Team offer all women a home assessment when in labour. So, if you are coping better than you thought or labour is progressing quickly, the on-call Cygnet midwife will come out to you. All of the team carry equipment for a birth so even if you have not planned it, it is never too late to choose a homebirth!

The Bournemouth Birth Team

The Bournemouth Birth Team is a dedicated team of experienced midwives who provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to women choosing to birth their baby at home in Bournemouth and Christchurch. We are all passionate about women’s choices and supporting and empowering them to achieve the birth they wish in their own environment.

All care for women choosing a homebirth is provided within their own home or at Bournemouth birth centre in a clinic. The team caseload women dependent on where they live, providing continuity of care which increases women’s and families satisfaction of their pregnancy and birth experience.

The Bournemouth Birth Team midwives are available to come and discuss the possibility of having a homebirth, at any point in your pregnancy. Women can self-refer themselves to the team at the beginning of their pregnancy or they can contact the team via 01202 704685 if they wish to transfer their antenatal care to them.

The team hold “Meet the Birth Team” tours every other Tuesday at 5pm and 6pm, and there is no need to book. Please call the Birthing Centre on 0300 0194434 to confirm when the next session is. This is an informal group, which welcomes women and their birthing partner to discuss all areas of birthing at the birth centre or at home.

  • Being in the comfort of your own home – not having to travel when in labour

  • Being more likely to know your midwife who comes to you in labour

  • Guaranteed use of a birth pool if you plan to rent one

  • Having family around you including your children if you wish

  • Low intervention rates

  • Evidence which supports the safety of second or subsequent births being as safe as birthing in hospital