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October – December 2020 Stats
July – September 2020 Stats
We are delighted to share our Team Stats for the last quarter!
Even through all the uncertainties that this year has thrown at everyone, we are so pleased to be offering our homebirth service as normal (with PPE). To support birth choices is both a priority and a privilege to us all in the Surrey Hills Team.
52 families were cared for within our caseload during this period.
Out of these Mums, 93% of their babies were breastfeeding or receiving breastmilk at discharge to the health visitors. A total of 99% of babies were being fed using the feeding method of their mothers intention.
Of the 52 Mothers, 40 were still planning a homebirth at the start of active labour. The 12 babies who were transfers to hospital pre-labour, all received postnatal continuity from the Surrey Hills team. Of these 40 women who started labour at home, 98% had vaginal births.
Of these 40 mothers who started labour at home:
7 required transfer in labour, 3 required postnatal transfer (Transfer rate of 25%).
75% had physiological third stages with optimal cord clamping
48% of the births that occurred at home, happened in the pool. A further 20% of clients who laboured at home used the pool for pain relief.
If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within the teams catchment, please email us at:
2020 January – June Stats
It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, with Covid restrictions and the temporary suspension of the team having a impact on this half years statistics.
83 clients were cared for within our caseload during this period. This includes those clients who were impacted by the temporary suspension of the team due to covid.
Out of these 83 clients, 89% of their babies were breastfeeding or receiving breastmilk at discharge to the health visitors.
52 of these clients changed their planned place of birth prior to the start of active labour – 25 of these were due to the covid suspension. Of these 25 Mums, 14 were still cared for by the team at The Royal Surrey. Additionally we have seen a change from a midwifery led caseload to a mixed caseload with a higher number of clients (24%) joining the caseload having consultant input in their pregnancies.
31 clients from the total caseload were still intending to birth their babies at home at the start of active labour. Of these mothers, 100% had vaginal births, and 84% were cared for by a midwife they knew.
Of these 31 mothers who started labour at home:
5 required transfer in labour, 3 required postnatal transfer (Transfer rate of 26%).
76% had physiological third stages with optimal cord clamping
58% of the births that occurred at home, happened in the pool. A further 10% of clients who laboured at home used the pool for pain relief.
If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within the team’s catchment https://surreyhillshomebirth.org/about/
Contact us for a one to one chat: email@example.com
Surrey Hills homebirth team provide a continuity model of care to families planning to birth their babies at home.
Our clients are allocated a named midwife who provides the majority of their antenatal care. Towards the end of pregnancy clients are provided with the opportunity to meet the other members of the team, increasing the likelihood that they will know one or both midwives who attend their labour at home.
The team also continues to provide care in the postnatal period until they handover of care to your Health Visiting teams and GP.
In 2019, 82% of our clients knew the midwife who cared for them in labour.
A Cochrane review of 15 trials, involving 17,674 women, compared women who received continuity of midwifery care with shared or medically led care.
The results found continuity of midwifery care was associated with significant benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects. Findings demonstrated Women who received continuity of midwifery care were…
19% less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks
16% less likely to have a late pregnancy loss (after 24 weeks)
24% less likely to experience a preterm birth (birth prior to 37 weeks)
15% less likely to have regional analgesia (Epidural)
7 x More likely to know their midwife in labour
16% less likely to have an episiotomy
If you would like to learn more about birthing your baby at home contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Second birth partner
We are delighted to report that @RSCH_Maternity will now be able to support clients to have two birthing partners support them in established labour. This includes birth at home. Click here for details facebook.com/85531519460020…
BRAIN: The Benefits of Homebirth
Research over the last two decades has found that planned home birth is at least as safe as hospital for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, it is also associated with good outcomes for birthing parent and babies
Clients choosing home birth are half as likely to have a caesarean section, half as likely to have an assisted delivery and have a lower risk of haemorrhage and infection, perception of pain is reduced, and babies born at home are less likely to need resuscitation
Overall studies have shown that clients who give birth at home feel more in control of their labour and feel it was a positive, empowering experience. They enter parenthood with increased self esteem and have an overwhelming preference for planning home birth again for future pregnancies.
In their recent systematic review, Reitsma et al (2020), explored the outcomes of 500,000 planned homebirths. They Concluded that “Among low-risk women, those intending to birth at home experienced fewer birth interventions and untoward maternal outcomes.”
Further findings from the Lancet (2020) study demonstrated that people with uncomplicated pregnancies planning homebirths, when compared with those with similar health backgrounds intending to give birth in hospital were…
40% less likely to have a caesarean birth
50% less likely to have an instrumental birth
70% less likely to have an epidural
55% less likely to have an episiotomy
40% less likely to have a 3rd or 4th degree tear
60% less likely to have their labour augmented (sped up) using an oxytocin drip
The Surrey Hill’s team stats also reflect these findings and in 2019 98% of their clients had vaginal births.
The main hormones that facilitate labour, Oxytocin (the love hormone) and Endorphins (your natural morphine), are produced when you are relaxed, safe and comfortable so the best place to birth is where you feel safe, supported and empowered.
If you are having midwifery led care (low risk), you are an ideal person to consider a homebirth. If you have additional considerations recommending obstetric input in your pregnancy and would like to
explore the option of homebirth, please contact the team for an individualised discussion.
To discuss your birth place options further, including the Benefits, Risks and Alternatives of Homebirth contact the team at Rsch.email@example.com
For more information on BRAIN see this post from Royal Surrey Maternity https://www.facebook.com/royalsurreymaternity/photos/a.856651127799946/1883734445091604/?type=3
“Just a little note to say thank you for all of your support in bringing our little girl in to the world.
Lucy made me so excited about birth and gave [redacted] the confidence to support me and be apart of the birth.
Caroline’s advice on baby care will also stick in my head- Pringle fingers and poo pockets. She also gave me the confidence to have a positive hospital birth once we knew that was the route we were taking.
Kirsty and Becca have been great now our little one is here and helped us adjust to parent life.
Thank you so much for everything,
Lots of love,
Myth-Busting: Am I a Homebirth sort of person?
Question: Am I a Homebirth Sort of person?
There is no set “homebirth sort of person”,
homebirth can suit people with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Home birth allows many women to remain in their own familiar and comfortable environment.
The main hormones that facilitate labour, Oxytocin (the love hormone) and Endorphins (your natural morphine), are produced when you are relaxed, safe and comfortable. The best place to birth is where you feel safe, supported and empowered.
In their recent systematic review,
Reitsma et al (2020), explored the outcomes of 500,000 planned homebirths. They Concluded that “Among low-risk women, those intending to birth at home experienced fewer birth interventions and untoward maternal outcomes.”
If you are having midwifery led care (low risk), you are an ideal person to consider a homebirth.
If you have additional considerations recommending obstetric input in your pregnancy and would like to explore the option of homebirth, please contact the team for an individualised discussion.
For more information about birthing at home contact the team for a chat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read this birth story of a previous client who didn’t think that she was a homebirth sort of person before she met the team https://surreyhillshomebirth.org/2016/09/20/home-birth-sort-of-person/
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Hello my name is Becca and I have joined the Surrey Hills Homebirth Team in June 2020.
I am so excited to join this team of dedicated midwives. I know that continuity of care and caseloading are the safest and most gratifying experiences I can give to the family’s I care for.
I grew up in a very busy household (7 brothers and 1 sister!!). Having planned to give birth at home with her fourth baby, my mum has always talked about having a friendly familiar face throughout all of her later pregnancies and how this improved her relationship and trust in her self and her midwife who she still remembers fondly all these years later.
I started my training in 2014 in Worcester and since qualifying I have worked in Somerset and in Essex. I am now looking forward to coming home to the beautiful Surrey hills with my husband.
I am looking forward to individualising my care for you to create your perfect pregnancy, blissful birthing environment and fabulous first days at home with your newborn.
If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home contact us at email@example.com arrange a chat.
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