2020 Annual Stats

Here’s an overview of our Annual Stats from 2020 – an unusual year for everyone to say the least, but babies kept coming, and it continued to be magical to provide continuity to our caseload throughout 2020.

During 2020, Surrey Hills Homebirth team cared for a total caseload of 174 families – 84 baby girls and 90 baby boys! Of these families, 97 started labour at home. We are proud to support a mixed caseload of mums including both those requiring consultant input during pregnancy as well as those who are midwifery led care to make informed birthplace decisions. As well as prelabour clinical reasons for changes in planned birthplace, Covid had its own impact on our families birthing in 2020.

Of our Mums who started labour at home..
-98% had vaginal births
-61% birthed or laboured in a pool
-81% had physiological third stages
-88% knew the team members who cared for them in labour
-19 required transfer in labour, and 8 postnatally

Of our total caseload, including those families who birthed in hospital and we provided continuity for antenatally and postnatally,
a fantastic 97% were feeding their babies as intended on discharge to the health visitors.

During the height of lockdown 1 the team was temporarily suspended from providing Homebirths due to the impact of Covid on the ambulance service. This suspension lasted 7 weeks, from the 24th March till the 11th May. During this time the team covered labour ward shifts to support as many of our families as possible. 25 babies from our caseload were born during this suspension. Of these, the majority were cared for by the team and 96% had vaginal births.

In addition to the Covid suspension having an impact on the plans of those mums birthing during this time, it was naturally an unsettling time for Mums due in the following month, who had started to prepare for their midwifery led hospital birth. We continued to support our caseload throughout this transitional time.

2020 was a whirlwind and it was an absolute privilege as a team to support so many wonderful families welcome their bundles of joy during this unforgettable year!
2021 has been wonderful so far and we look forward to sharing our first quarterly stats with you soon!

If you would like to explore your option of Homebirth or arrange an individualised face to face appointment with a team member, get in touch:


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