Monday 2 July 2007 1.31pm
Can't comment on home births in SE1 but thought I would ask whether you had thought of employing a Doula ?? They are not a midwife but a female birth companion - I used a birth doula for the birth of my son in St Thomas' Home Birth Centre in August 2005 and would highly recommend her. You can find out all about doulas on http://www.doula.org.uk/
and they have a databse you can search to find a local one.
They will be with you all the way through the birth and are about 10% the price of a private midwife (although not a replacement for !)
If you do decide to go down this route then I would highly recommend Gillian Samuel (no link just a very happy customer !)
Hope this helps and good luck !