Freestanding Midwifery Units
Freestanding midwifery units (FMUs) are situated on a separate site from obstetric services; they may be an independent building or on the site of a community hospital. FMUs provide care and support to women who are well and unlikely to have complications (low-risk). Low risk women booking care at an FMU frequently use a birth pool during labour and have less medical intervention than low risk women booking care in and obstetric unit. If a women transfers to the obstetric unit during labour she will usually travel by ambulance .