From left, midwives Tracey Stafford, Donna Allen, Karen Kidd and Sarah Roberts.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is marking one year of giving mums more choice over where and how they deliver their babies.

The service, which included the reintroduction of the home birth service, aims to provide a less clinical approach for women having low risk pregnancies.

Since its launch a total of 55 women have been able to deliver their babies at home while 425 opted for the relaxed “home from home” environment and facilities of the Waterlily birth centre and its birthing pools.

Matron for the midwifery-led pathway Kathryn Owens said: “Giving birth is such a personal thing so it is important that women have greater choice in the location and what happens.

“We are really pleased to have given women on low risk pregnancies more options of where they deliver their babies.

“We have had a really good first year and now we are looking to the future.”