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‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

It’s been an privilege to support this mother as she balanced the risk and benefits of her options and chose a birthplace that felt right for her.

She totally rocked her birth with the support of our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues and now we have the pleasure of supporting this growing family at home

We need you to help us celebrate 9 years of the Surrey Hills Homebirth Team

Due to social distancing restrictions we won’t be able to host this year’s summer party and reunion. We can’t let the team’s 9th anniversary pass without celebrating in some way so we would like to mark the occasion virtually on our blog and across our other social media platforms.

We had already decided after last year’s Circus Themed: Your Body, Your Baby, Your Show! that this year we would have a superhero “I grow humans, what’s your superpower?”

The theme feels especially apt in the current pandemic. We are all in awe of all of our superhero families, growing, developing, birthing, teaching, learning, and loving each other in these unprecedented times and we would like to celebrate you.

We are going to dedicate the first week in August to celebrating our entire caseload, sharing your birth stories and testimonials and we would like to culminate the week with a slide show of our caseload, past and present, as you are now. From growing bumps to thriving nine-year olds and everyone in between we would love to share images of the caseloads “babies” and their families.

Superhero fancy dress is encouraged but completely optional. Lucy has created a selection of superhero signs that can be printed out and held up in your pictures if you’d like. We’ve left them black and white so feel free to colour and decorate as you like and there is even a blank hero template for you to add your own words of wisdom/superhero pun/memory.

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#FridayFeedback

Lucy,

I just wanted to say to both you and Kirsty thank you so much for all that you did when baby [redacted] was born.

You helped me have the calm home birth I was hoping for, despite all the extra measures you have to take due to COVID-19. Even having to transfer in afterwards, I felt reassured and supported because you were able to stay with me throughout which I didn’t expect but made it all a lot less scary!

I can’t thank you and the rest of the home birth team, including Laura in the early days, Anna and Emily, enough for everything you have done during my pregnancy and birth.

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Welcome OwlBert

One of the gorgeous caseload babies from Monday’s trilogy!

We were delighted to be able to support this family for the second time as they welcomed their second child in to the world at home in the shower!

#continuity #RepeatCustomer #HomeBirthJustHappened

Psst if Spock Monkey looks familiar that became this isn’t his first appearance on our blog. Here his is announcing another special arrival https://surreyhillshomebirth.org/2017/09/15/spock-monkey/

#NationalHomeBirthDay

Image credit Midwife and artist Christie Higginbotham-Jones for #Nationalahomebirthday 2020

Tomorrow is National Homebirth day.

This year the objectives of the day are to:

▪️Address health and birth inequalities #FiveXMore #ContinuityOfCarer

▪️Build a support next work for homebirth providers

▪️celebrate your positive home birth stories with the #IThank campaign

▪️listen to pregnant people from BAME communities, be their advocates and empower them to make their own birth choices #MyBodyMyBaby

Check out the hashtags #NHBD20 and #NationalHomebirthDay2020 across your social media platforms for posts to inform and inspire.

#FridayFeedback

“Hello home birth team,

Just wanted to write to say a huge thank you to all the home birth team ladies I was cared for by throughout my pregnancy. Although I had a few changes throughout due to Anna going on maternity and Covid I felt so well supported by every member of the team that I came into contact with…which I think was pretty much all the team in the end!


Following my positive Group B Strep diagnosis I had a difficult decision to make as to whether to continue with the home birth, and felt Kirsty helped me, in a completely impartial way, to understand my options and decide on a course of action that was right for me.

It all worked out for the best as I had a really special birth experience in the pool at the Royal Surrey though ended up losing quite a bit of blood after the birth so no doubt would have had to transfer in if I had of given birth at home.

The calls with Caroline and Lucy after bringing my baby home were really valuable for me to just be able to check in that everything was on track.


There weren’t homebirth team clinics running for my five and ten day appointments so I saw two different midwives for these. Though they were lovely midwives, it made me realise how lucky I had been to have considerable continuity of care during the antenatal period and how valuable this is.


Thank you to all the team for all that you do – we are very lucky to have you!

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Surrey Hills Client May 2020