The Royal Surrey County Maternity Unit are committed to providing a safe and effective home birth service. This month they put their money where their mouth is and arranged for two members of the home birth team and seven community midwives, who regularly support the team, to make the (nearly) 400 mile round trip gorgeous Wales to attend the ASAP- Appropriate Skills for Appropriate Places-course.

This award winning, Royal Collage of Midwives approved course, provides midwives with the space to explore time critical birthing situations in a calm and reflective environment, to better prepare them for these rare events within the community and home birth setting.

The course was attended by midwives from all over the UK and everyone agreed that not only did they benefit from the course -the role-play situations, and the vast knowledge and experience of the course facilitators- but from the experience of meeting with a room full of experienced Home Birth midwives and the time to reconnect and train together as a team.

We will be taking these experiences back to our practice development team and looking to include the methods used in to the annual training of the entire community and home birth service.

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