My Birthplace App
My Birthplace is an innovative application developed by midwives and local mothers in Portsmouth that has helped thousands of women across Portsmouth and the wider Wessex region since its launch in 2014.
The project was the first of its kind to integrate research based findings into a tool for women and midwives to use together to discuss birthplace choices.
Despite Portmouth’s full range of choice and a flexible midwifery workforce to support one to one care in labour, only 10% of births in Portsmouth were out of hospital.
The aim of the project was to change this by providing unbiased evidence-based information in a simple format that engaged expectant women in a shared decision-making process.
The My Birthplace App picks up the user’s location and advises on different options including consultant-led care at the local labour ward, midwifery-led care including homebirths, and maternity centres.
Gill Walton was the Project Executive, and at the time was Director of Midwifery at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. She is now Chief Executive at the Royal College of Midwives, and explains:
“Before My Birthplace App, the information available about where to give birth was very confusing.
“This App really helps women to make an informed decision about where best to give birth, and allows expectant mums to be confident in their birthplace choice.”
The team behind the project have been highly commended by NHS England for their work on patient participation. Following the success of this pilot, funding was provided by NHS Wessex Clinical Networks to roll-out use of the App across the whole of Wessex.