The dance of birth

It was a pleasure to support these experienced parents as they welcomed their little girl in to the world at #home. This little lady was in such a hurry to meet her family that she arrived before the pool was ready! #HomebirthJustHappened @RSCH_Maternity

Advertisements

Happy Birthday To Us!

Today the the team celebrated eight years of providing a dedicated, case-loading, homebirth service for families booked with the Royal Surrey!

This year we took inspiration from The Greatest Showman with a circus themed party complete with red noses, popcorn, and candy floss- and the tag line- Your Body, Your Baby, Your Show!

We were delighted to see so many familiar faces and get the chance to observe how much your little ones, and you as parents, had changed and grown over the preceding months!

Summer picnic and reunion 2019

If you are new to the team and would like to meet us to have a chat about your birth place options simply pop along to one of our informal forums or email us to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home.

rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Continue reading

#ThrowBackThursday

We are getting excited to see many of you at our annual picnic and reunion on Saturday!

This year we will be celebrating the team’s 8th anniversary providing a dedicated caseload-loading homebirth service at the Royal Surrey.

In the lead up to the picnic we though we’d share some throwback picture of the team.

While the faces in the team have changed over the years (although some will be very familiar) our ethos has not. You and your wishes, choices and preferences are central to the care we provide. With this in mind this year’s picnic has a circus theme and is dedicated to

Your body,

Your baby,

Your Show!

We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as we have!

The original line up: (back L-R)Tanya, Deana, (front l-R) Laura, Jane and Jos

(L-R) Tanya, Jane, Deana and Laura

Our first picnic/reunion(Top picture L-R) Laura, Sarah, Deana, Tanya, Caroline and Alice (Not pictured Hannah)

Waterbirth: It’s not just for Mermaids picnic (L-R) Laura, Tanya, Jodie, Deana, Heather and Caroline

2019: The First Quarter

Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the lovely Jodie has put together the stats for the first quarter (January 2019-March 2019) of this year.

In the first quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 56 woman. From this caseload, 47 women (83.9%) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 9 women (16.1%) , for various reasons had changed their intended place of birth.

37 members of our caseload (78.7%) birthed their babies at home as planned while 21.3% changed their planned place of birth while in labour (care transferred to the Royal Surrey).

75% of our caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before and 30% were cared for by their own named midwife.

76.6 % of the women who birthed at home used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy) and 70% of the births that took place at home occurred within the water (waterbirth).

We were privileged to welcomed 26 girls and 30 boys in to the world and to support their parents in the first crucial weeks of parenthood.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within our catchment, come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a 1-2-1 chat in the privacy of your own home at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net