Today the the team celebrated eight years of providing a dedicated, case-loading, homebirth service for families booked with the Royal Surrey!
This year we took inspiration from The Greatest Showman with a circus themed party complete with red noses, popcorn, and candy floss- and the tag line- Your Body, Your Baby, Your Show!
We were delighted to see so many familiar faces and get the chance to observe how much your little ones, and you as parents, had changed and grown over the preceding months!
Summer picnic and reunion 2019
If you are new to the team and would like to meet us to have a chat about your birth place options simply pop along to one of our informal forums or email us to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home.
Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the lovely Jodie has put together the stats for the first quarter (January 2019-March 2019) of this year.
In the first quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 56 woman. From this caseload, 47 women (83.9%) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 9 women (16.1%) , for various reasons had changed their intended place of birth.
37 members of our caseload (78.7%) birthed their babies at home as planned while 21.3% changed their planned place of birth while in labour (care transferred to the Royal Surrey).
75% of our caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before and 30% were cared for by their own named midwife.
76.6 % of the women who birthed at home used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy) and 70% of the births that took place at home occurred within the water (waterbirth).
We were privileged to welcomed 26 girls and 30 boys in to the world and to support their parents in the first crucial weeks of parenthood.
If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within our catchment, come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a 1-2-1 chat in the privacy of your own home at email@example.com
We are delighted to be able to finally share our 2018 stats with you.
The Surrey Hills Homebirth team work within a continuity caseloading model which means that we continue to care for our clients throughout their childbearing journey, even if plans or place of birth change along the way.
In 2018 we were responsible for the care of 190 pregnant women and their families (6.3% of 2998 registrable births supported by Royal Surrey Maternity in 2018).
Of these families 27% birthed their first baby and 73 % had had at least one child before.
We welcomed 99 girls and 91 boys in to the world.
From our caseload of 190 clients, 135 (71%) families planned to give birth at home with the Surrey Hills team at the onset of established labour.
The remaining 55 families opted for an alternative place of birth. This change in planned place of birth occurred for a number of different reasons including consent to Induction of Labour, the development of situations/conditions which recommended a hospital based birth and moving out of area.
79% of our caseload (n=190) knew the midwife who was caring for them in labour.
Of the 135 families who planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 97.1% had a vaginal birth.
24 of our clients experienced an in labour transfer (17.8%) to an alternative place of birth. 111 families birthed their babies at home as planned (82.3 %). 3 of our families were transferred in the immediate postnatal period (2.2%).
Altogether 27 families (20%) were transferred during birth or in the immediate postnatal period.
Of the 135 families that planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 98% used hydrotherapy (birthing pool) with 71 births (63% of our home births) occurring in the water.
95% of the clients that birthed at home had a physiological (natural) birth of the placenta with optimal cord clamping.
Following on from our November stats we would like to show you in more detail why not all of our caseload’s babies were born at home.
The more research you do in to #homebirth the more you will discover that transfer rates and the reasons for transfer, aren’t quiet what you might imagine.
In November 28 of our caseload birthed their babies.
Six changed their planned place of birth from home to the Royal Surrey County Hospital prior to the onset of labour. Five consented to an induction of labour (18%) and one to an elective caesarean birth(3.5 %).
22 of our clients were planning to birth at home at the onset of their labours. Of these mums 18 went on to birth at home as planned, while four (18%) transferred in to hospital during the course of their labours.
Two transferred for additional analgesia (9%), one (4.5%)for meconium (baby’s first bowel movement) stained liquor (waters) and one (4.5%) for prolonged 2nd (pushing) stage of labour.
Because we are a #continuity case loading team we continue to care for our clients even if plans change along the way.
We hope that you find this information when exploring your birth place options and making decisions about your birth plan.
If you are planning to birth your baby with the Royal Surrey and would like to explore your birth place options we would be delight to talk things then with you.
You can either come to one of our informal “meet the homebirth team” mornings ( see details of upcoming Forums here), email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a no obligation home visit or request a referral from your current community midwife.
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