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Community Midwives' Bags - Where are they?

The Trial

The bag and its contents were trialled by ten trusts, (nine UK NHS trusts and Jersey Maternity Hospital), between April and September 2019.

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Jersey Maternity Hospital
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Following feedback from the trial the contents were tweaked to provide a definitive standardised kit designed to help community midwives’ manage planned home births as well as emergency situations which may arise during planned or unplanned out-of-hospital births.

Order bags for your organisation

Following the successful trial, the Community Midwives’ Bags are now available to purchase from Baby Lifeline.

Further bags are being placed in the following organisations:

  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire East CCG
  • Gairloch Health Centre
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Frome Birth Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

If you would like more information about how to purchase the Community Midwives’ Bags for your organisation please email

How you can help

Many other Trusts all over the UK have expressed a need for the Community Midwives’ Bags for their teams. If you would like to raise funds for your local community please email

A project to standardise what equipment is carried to homebirths in the UK and how it is carried.

Project Background

What difference will these Community Midwives’ Bags make to Trusts?

Case Study