Birthing Slings for an Active Birth

Ceiling mounted birthing sling

We at Softbirths make birth equipment for the NHS at a reasonable price and we do this by keeping our designs simple and safe.  Take our ceiling mount for birthing slings for example.


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Weight-testing the sling cloth

We know that the average Midwife Led Unit or Birth Centre sees thousands of births a year with thousands of different women. Therefore quality, functionality and durability were our priorities when putting our prototype slings through their paces.

The metalwork is made in the UK by experienced, skilled craftsmen, our  steel ceiling mount and carabiner clips are virtually indestructible, yet incredibly easy to fit at a fraction of the price of other mounted fittings currently on the market, leaving you room to spend your budget on other home comforts for birthing women and midwives caring for them.

The tensile strength of the fabrics have been tested  up to 175 kilos. (We recommend using a ‘larkshead’ loop with the fabric through the carabiner clip for maximum strength – see photo of rope).

The metalwork is an area where savings to the NHS come in because it uses generic off-the-shelf components.  There is no mystery to fixing an eye-bolt to a beam or joist, no special components with patents.  We’ve added in two safety features so that there are two ‘locks’ to stop this metalwork ever unscrewing. The metalwork itself has been tested up to 400kg without it budging.  

Long and Strong

All our birthing slings are a generous six meters in length, giving plenty of length for loops and knots. They are manufactured in a beautiful series of jacquard weave, heavyweight cottons with for extra luxury and durability. They feel comfortable, strong and secure for labouring women to lean through or hold onto.

Birthing sling rebozo material
Beautiful, robust weaves in a range of designs



SoftBirth birthing sling fabrics are cotton or cotton blend and have been wash tested to 60°C with no noticeable loss of colour and a shrinkage allowance of just 3%.

Have a look

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There is a whole range of beautiful colours and patterns of birthing slings to choose from, more than we can show here.  Take a look at Softbirth’s birthing sling page or contact us for more details.

#SoftBirth Birthing Couch Kit

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SoftBirth Birthing Couch Kit

The special offer price on the SoftBirth Birthing Couch Kit  comes to an 31st March 2017. This is rapidly approaching but orders placed before 31st will still qualify for the discount.

SoftBirth Birthing Couch at #SaTHFMU Conference, Shrewsbury, 2017
SoftBirth Birthing Couch at #SaTHFMU Conference, Shrewsbury, 2017

Since the trial at Darrent Valley in Kent, we’ve sold birthcouch kits to Bath, the Royal Berkshire, Burton on Trent, Derby, Great Yarmouth, Llandrindod, Newtown, Oldham, Warrington, Welshpool, Wirral and Wolverhampton – and that’s just the ones I can remember!

Orders placed before the 31st will still qualify for the special offer price of £795+delivery and VAT – and there are further discounts for ordering 2 or more!

Contact Ruth on 0345 230 1381 or contact us now for details.

New SoftBirth Birthing Couch Kit

Couch CompleteSoftbirth™  have just launched their range of soft furnishings for the birthing room.  The most exciting piece being their birthing couch kit.

With its simple yet innovative design, its segments can be moved around to suit the needs of the moment.  The stool segment pulls out to give a seat for the midwife or birth partner.  The recess can be used for the mother to kneel – a kneeling mat is included for comfort.  Other couches charge for other items, such as inserts, as an optional extra whereas they are included in the price of the Softbirth couch.

The foam used is very firm for safety’ s sake but it is topped off with memory foam to give a very comfortable feel. The comfort is enhanced as the design tries to get away from the ‘clinical look’ whilst still being suitable for the birth room.   Its approximate dimensions are 2m x 0.9m x 0.45m.  And whilst it is firm and stable, it is not heavy or cumbersome like other similar products.  It can be easily moved and deployed or put aside to clear space.

The cover is hospital grade and has welded seams and is fully cleanable.  The cover is zipped so that it can be replaced and to enable inspection (the inner of the cloth is white so that any ‘strike-through’ can be quickly spotted.  The zips are covered by hygiene flaps.  The couch can come in mid-lilac as shown or navy blue and replacement covers can be purchased either with the couch or later as a replacement.

SB-couch and cushions


Another optional extra is the comfort cushions set consisting of a pillow, a square cushion and a cylinder-cushion.  Larger versions of these cushions are available.