With their little ones keen to join the festivities, in the past few days we’ve supported four families as they welcomed their little ones in to the world and had the privileged of witness two births at #home. We will share their birth announcements, with permission, soon.
In the meantime we can tide you over with our “traditional” team photo from our annual Christmas meal. Many of you may notice a few familiar Surrey Hills faces!
Sadly we’ve goodbye to the lovely Jodie as she embarks on the next stage of her career at St Thomas’s. The Tommy’s mums and babies are lucky to have such a capable and caring midwife joining their unit and she will be greatly missed by the team and her case-loading families alike.
“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!
#FullCircle #Midwifery #Continuity #Homebirth
Royal Surrey Stars Patient Choice nomination 2019:
“This team has gone above and beyond any expectation/norms for me and my family. The ladies helped me to have the birth I always wanted whilst trying to overcome PTSD post previous birth I have struggled with for the past 10 years.
I have my life back because of their dedication, love and care. I am forever indebted to Laura, Emily, Tanya plus all of the Jasmine team for giving my life back again. Without their exceptional professional care and incredible patience I would not be the woman I am today.
My deepest thanks go out to Laura for being my amazing support throughout the pregnancy and delivery the baby and Emily for staying with us post birth and being our rock.”
Surrey Hills Client AMP
Royal Surrey Start Award, Patient Choice nomination 2019:
“The home birth team are an amazing support to women and families. For the first time I have felt that all of the midwives I met have made a personal connection with me, worked with and listened rather than advise from a purely clinical point of view.
They put me at ease before, during and after birth and helped to make giving birth a. Even more extra special experience. I appreciated their post birth support and looked forward to their visits.
They provided reassurance and a safe space to talk about any concerns. It felt like talking to family.
The continuity in care they provided by having a names midwife really shouldn’t be underestimated. Almost makes me want to have another baby to see them again…almost!”
Nominated by Surrey Hills Client SB
Nomination for Royal Surrey Stars Award 2019:
“The team provide midwifery support to all families expecting a baby who are interested in having their baby at home. They are a small team who cover a huge area and they constantly go above and beyond to ensure that families receive the care they need.
I had my first baby at home and it could not have been a more positive experience and that is down to the advice and support given by the team throughout my pregnancy as well as during my labour, delivery and postnatal care.
They all deserve praise and recognition for all the incredible work they do every day of the year.”
Nominated by Surrey Hills Client LC
We were absolutely delighted to have received three Patients Choice nominations for the Royal Surrey’s Star Awards.
While we haven’t been short listed on this occasion it is wonderful to have been nominated.
We truly appreciate the time you take out of your busy lives to provide us with feedback either through formal arrangements like the Star Awards, Friends and Families, or less formally via the beautiful cards you send and your attendance at our forums. Your support is amazing x
We will be sharing the nominations over the next few weeks via our #FeedbackFriday feature.