We had such an amazing time celebrating the team’s 5th “birthday”. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made the afternoon so special. It was wonderful to catch up with you all. A special thanks to Jane (team founder) and Sam (team midwife until Jan 2016), who stopped by to celebrate with us.
It was especially magical to see the team’s oldest (five years) and youngest (nine days) “babies” enjoying the festivities!
While the Royal Surrey has had a home birth service for many years the formation of a dedicated team of case loading midwives only occurred in June 2011. We are very lucky to have developed such an established service in a relatively short period of time.
As a team we are very aware that other midwives do not have the luxury of being able to practice they way we do, that some areas of the country don’t have a dedicated case loading home birth service, are only just beginning to develop one, or are having to join together with their service users to fight tooth and nail to maintain theirs.
We know that we owe the success of the teams establishment within the community to the fantastic work you all do sharing your positive experiences and passing on your word of mouth recommendations. We certainly don’t take the privilege of providing this service and working with your wonderful families lightly. So, Thank you for everything you do to promote the team to your friends, families and the communities of Surrey and Hampshire.
Same time next year?!
*We are hoping to share some more of the wonderful images captured of the day. We just need to tick some boxes and cut through some red tape first. If you came to the party and you are happy for us to share your image for the purpose of publicising the team and its service, and you haven’t already completed a consent form, could you please get in touch with us at tanya.ashston@nhs(dot)net titling your email, Photography consent.