Continuity of carer means consistency in the midwife that cares for a woman and her baby throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally.
It has been shown to correlate with numerous positive outcomes including;
24% less likely to experts preterm birth
15% less likely to need regional analgesia (Epidural)
16% less likely to have an episiotomy
Woman’s chances of having a spontaneous vaginal birth were also found to increase
(Cochrane Review 2016)
The Surrey Hills Homebirth team is a caseloading Midwifery Team. All women in our caseload have a named midwife and as they get closer to their birth have the chance to meet the other four members of the team.
Not only is continuity of carer overwhelming what women say they want, it also provides so much job satisfaction for midwives, we love getting to know families this way!
#Continuity #ContinuityMatters #BetterBirths #Caseloading #Midwifery #Homebirth
The lovely Jodie has compiled our audit results and created this beautiful info graphic!
We are constantly auditing our outcomes but this is the first time we’ve shared them like this.
What do you think about the results?
Do you find it helpful to have access to this kind of information?
Do you find the infographic formate more accessible?
What kind of information would you like to know about the team?
We are hoping to share some more detailed October info with you in the coming weeks.
Great a heatwave
Said no pregnant woman ever!
The midwives at Tommy’s have some great advice about how to keep yourself cool during the heatwave.
It is very warm in the unit at the moment. If you do need to visit the hospital we recommend that you wear light layers, take a refillable water bottle and face flannel. A cooling face spray and/or battery powered personal fan would also be beneficial.
If you feel unwell in the heat don’t hesitate to contact the team, your GP or the pregnancy advice line 0300 123 5473
Did you know that baby’s have needs before they are born and that Responsgive Parenting starts in pregnancy?
You can help your baby’s brain develop to in pregnancy by taking time out to relax and bond with them. This can be as simple as responding to your baby’s kicks with a gentle nudge of your own.
Talking, reading and/ or singing to your growing baby and stroking your bump are also wonderful ways to increase yours and your baby’s oxytocin and promote bonding and brain development.
You can invite your partner, children and other close family and friends to start to develop a relationship with your baby in the same way.
Learning your baby’s normal pattern of movements and responding to any changes helps to keep your baby safe.
Ask your midwife about Bump Bonding, Responsive Parenting and monitoring your baby’s movements in pregnancy.
#AskUs #Antenatal #Pregnancy #BrainDevelopment #Oxytocin #BumpBonding #BuildingAHappyBaby #KicksCount #ResponsiveParenting
Ask your midwife about how to involve your children and partner in bump bonding.
Encouraging other family members to feel the baby move and talk, sing and read to your bump encourages family bonding and promotes baby brain development.
#BrainDevelopment #BumpBonding #Antenatal #Pregnancy #SiblingBonding #FamilyBonding #Family #Oxytocin
Did you know that skin-to-skin is beneficial for parents and siblings as well as for your baby?
For the birthing mother skin to skin enhances the release of her oxytocin which in addition to aiding bonding and breastfeeding, helps to contract the uterus after birth, delivering the placenta and reducing maternal blood loss after birth. Because of theses benefits we recommend that birthing mother have at least one hour if uninterrupted skin to skin as soon as possible after birth, ideally with the first feed taking place skin to skin.
If circumstances don’t allow the birthing parent to have skin to skin or once it has taken place we support other care givers and family members ( i.e. The other parent/partner, older siblings) to have skin to skin. Study’s have found higher levels of oxytocin in fathers who had skin to skin with their baby’s shortly after birth compared to those who didn’t.
For your baby skin-to-skin is wonderful way to transition from the uterus in to the world. It had been shown to help your baby regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing and start to develop their immune system through the colonisation of their skin with friendly bacteria.
Being close to you helps your baby to feel safe, secure and loved. When they feel like this your baby will release the hormone Oxytocin which has a wonderful effect on brain development helping your baby to be happy and grow in to a confident child and later adult.
Ask your midwife about how you can incorporate skin-to-skin in to your birth preferences.
Ask your midwife about how to tell if your baby is positioned and attached well and is getting enough milk.
Good positioning and attachment at the breast is extremely important. Effective attachment ensures that your baby gets enough milk at each feed and that your milk supply is stimulated. It also prevents sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts and mastitis.
While you can’t see how much milk your baby is drinking at each feed there are lots of signs that show that your baby is attached well and getting enough milk.
Talk to your midwife in pregnancy about effective breastfeeding or come along to one of our antenatal breastfeeding classes. If you’ve already had your baby talk to your midwife about a breastfeeding assessment.
#EveryDropCounts #NoseToNipple #SkinToSkin #Oxytocin #Prolactin #Mastitis #SoreNipples #CHIN