If you had told me a year ago that I would have a baby at home with no pain relief I would have not believed it but it happened and it was an amazing experience. Not a feeling that I would have previously associated with the idea of childbirth. I had believed what I saw on the TV and didn’t know that there is another way.
I transferred to the Home Birth Team about half way through my pregnancy after a visit from one of the team and attending one of the forums and it was the best decision that I made.
I am so very grateful to the community midwife at the GP surgery that I attended at first for mentioning that a home birth was even an option. I did not know of the Home Birth Team’s existence and had no idea that a home birth was “allowed” for a first timer.
The care that I received throughout my pregnancy and following the birth was amazing. I felt that I had very personalised care, every appointment was relaxed and informative, every question that I had was answered in detail and I think that it is all these things that helped me to have a very positive birth experience.
I can’t really put into words how grateful I am to the Home Birth team as I just feel that they had such a huge impact on my biggest life event and made it such a happy time.
Surrey Hills Client April 2016
The talented people at the Royal Surrey County Hospital Photography and Graphics department have created a fantastic virtual tour of the RSCH Maternity Department, providing a concise overview of the birth place choices available to our clients.
It video showcases the hard work that has taken place over the last few years to enhance the aesthetic of the department and create a more comfortable, homely and hormone enhancing environment in which to give birth.
So grab a cuppa, sit back and take a virtual tour of the unit from the comfort of your own home. For those of you planning to birth your baby in the most comfortable and homely environment you know- your own home- this might be the closest you ever get to the maternity unit on level G. For those of you still exploring your options, the tour is a great starting point for your research.
The video is provided in addition to weekend tours of the unit which will continue to be offered to you from your 34th week of pregnancy and tours included with antenatal education classes. You can learn more about the Royal Surrey’s Education Classes (here) and in the The Little Bag section of this site.
Never afraid promote client choice through the use of social media, the team are well represented in the video. Listen carefully and you will hear the soothing voice of our very own Deana Frost narrating the antenatal section of the tour. At 05:02 you can watch our mighty team leader, Tanya Ashton, promoting birth at home and the work of the team. Even this blog makes it’s YouTube debut at 05:25!
For more information about Maternity at the Royal Surrey County Hospital click here