Hi there Jill, just wanted to say hello as I'm booked for Helme Chase in Kendal but Lancaster is my backup option. So I'd be interested to hear how you get on
The kind of questions I asked were:
Do they have active birth aids ie chairs/balls etc How many birthing pools do they have, and are the midwives confident about delivering in water Can you bring your own pool (if they only have a limited number) Length of stay afterwards Breast-feeding support Whether they can offer 1:1 care in labour Pain-relief options
Sorry, you've probably got all these, will put my thinking cap on for something more inventive!
I've heard on other threads here that some mums take their own pools in so that they can guarantee having a pool - maybe worth asking (although may also be futile if there aren't the midwives available...)
MrsChandler makes a very good point about your visitors - they would hopefully understand about you needing additional support when you're in.
Where about's are you, if you don't mind me asking? I'm in Kirkby Stephen