Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced that by the end of 2009 all women will have a choice of maternity care, including the choice of a home birth.

She made the pledge in the new Department of Health document Maternity Matters: choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service.

Read the guidelines here

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced that by the end of 2009 all women will have a choice of maternity care, including the choice of a home birth.

She made the pledge in the new Department of Health document Maternity Matters: choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service.

Read the guidelines here