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#FridayFeedback

Sharing this lovely feedback (with permission) that was sent to Amy Stubbs, Head of Midwifery at the Royal Surrey Hospital.

“Dear Amy 

We just wanted to write to you to let you know what a brilliant experience we have had with the homebirth team lately. 

Our son [redacted] was born on 13 October and our daughter was born three years ago also under the care of the team. 

I know that funding must be difficult and there must be pressure to cut cost but I wanted to write to you to say how much we valued this service and how important it is. I honestly believe that women who use the homebirth team have such a positive experience that it must help with mental health going forwards. 

The midwives in the team are without exception kind, knowledgeable and sensible. I was so impressed with how each of them seems to love their job and be so interested and up to date with current research.

They are so kind, and non judgemental and reassuring. They also seem to never miss a beat in terms of arrangements, which is particularly impressive as their plans must change all the time. They are all so efficient and organised. 

Having them come to our house and get to know us made a huge difference. [redacted] actually came too quickly for the midwives to arrive but I am so pleased we had planned a home birth and they were so good with all the follow up. 

Kirsty was my named midwife and she is absolutely superb. She is so kind, so efficient, so sensible and knowledgeable and very caring. All the midwives were brilliant though. 

I can’t thank them, or royal surrey, enough for this service. If we can ever assist the team with anything we’d be delighted to do so. 

With thanks 

[redacted]”

#FridayFeedback

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank the home birth team as a whole for the amazing experience you gave me in the months leading up to, during and after [redacted]’s birth.

Not only were your antenatal visits with my named midwife Kirsty a wonderful opportunity to focus on my baby in an otherwise very busy life, the care I received during labour from Kirsty and Caroline was second to none.

I can only describe home birth as magical and both times it has had a monumental effect on me. So much so that I’ve spent the 4 weeks since [redacted]’s birth, cuddling and feeding him whilst wondering how on earth I could become a midwife myself with 3 small children. I still don’t know the answer but I have begun an access course to make university a possibility because I know if I don’t try I won’t forgive myself.

I’ve seen first hand what a difference a better birth can make to a woman’s physical and mental health at the most important time of their life and I can think of no better job than to be the person to facilitate that, you are all wonderful!

There is no thanks enough for what you all do. If you ever need someone to come to forums or write testimonials I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one to volunteer but I could sing your praises all day long. Thank you again from my whole family, [redacted]

This feedback is especially poignant for the team as our own Kirsty was inspired to be a midwife by the care she received when she had her own children!

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