The Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has apologised after it was forced to halt home births.

A shortage of midwives has forced the Gayton Road hospital to suspend the service for six months, a spokesman said this week.

Catherine Morgan, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “We are very sorry that we have had to suspend our home birth service because we do not have sufficient midwives currently to safely meet the needs of both community and hospital maternity services.

“Our aim is that all parents are able to choose where the birth of their child takes place. However, we must always ensure the safety and quality of care of our mothers and babies comes first.

“Therefore we have taken the decision to suspend the home birth service for six months to concentrate all our resources on providing safe care in the hospital setting.

“We have had to make this difficult decision in the interests of patient safety.

“We plan to review the situation after this time.”