You are invited…

This summer the team is celebrating its 8th anniversary of providing a #NHS #continuity #Caseloading #Homebirth service for families booked with @RSCH_Maternity

If you are planning to birth with us or if you have been supported by the team in the past come along and help us celebrate!

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Keeping in touch

Did you know that in addition to this blog we also have accounts on twitter (www.twitter.com/birthhills) and Instagram (Surreyhillshomebirth)?

Like here, we use the platforms to share information about #homebirth and our continuity team model, as well as birth stories and #homebirth inspiration

Hello My Name Is Jodie

Hello my name is Jodie. I’ve been a member of the Surrey Hills Home Birth Team since November 2017.

I was lucky enough to have some experience with the team as a student midwife and I fell in love with the continuity model of care. I’m now lucky enough to work alongside some of the same amazing midwives.

I enjoy caring for women and families throughout every part of their journey, getting to know them and building a trusting relationship. My aim is to empower them to have a positive birth experience, individualised to their own wants and needs.

The team is an incredible place to work, providing continuity of carer has a hugely positive impact on the experience of those we care for, but is also greatly rewarding for those who are lucky enough to provide it.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

Hello My Name Is Heather

Hello my name is Heather and I have worked at the RSCH since 2015.

After rotating in the maternity unit I took a role as the named midwife at a local GP surgery, working the remainer of my hours in the MLU. This gave me a first taste of providing continuity as I was lucky enough to look after some of my community ladies when they came to have their babies in the hospital.

I moved to the homebirth team in April 2018 furthering the opportunity to build relationships whilst caring for clients during their pregnancy, labour and afterwards. Seeing a baby arrive into the world never loses its wonder and supporting women to birth at home is truly magical.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums (see Events) or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

Hello My Name Is Caroline

Hello my name is Caroline and I have been a member of the homebirth team since the end of 2015.

I’ve always had an interest in physiological birth and in facilitating informed decision making and I’ve been lucky to be able to utilise these passions. Over my seventeen year career I have worked predominantly within the community and within the Midwifery Led Unit.

It was after the births of my second and third babies at home, with Tanya as my named midwife, that I was inspired to join the homebirth team.

I am extremely grateful that although I work part time I am still able to work within this amazing continuity model alongside some phenomenal women-mothers and midwives.

When I’m not working within the continuity model I also enjoy providing evidence based information and supporting choice to the wider maternity population through facilitating antenatal education classes and creating content for the Maternity Facebook page, and our teams social media accounts.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

Hello My Name is Laura

Hello my name is Laura. I’ve been a member of the Surrey Hills Home Birth Team since August 2011. I love working as part of this team and truly enjoy caseloading women from their booking appointment right through to 10 days after birth. For me, caseloading is the most rewarding way to practise midwifery. I am also lucky enough to have had both my children at home under the care of the Surrey Hills Home Birth Team. Both of which were incredible experiences.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

A Positive Birth Experience

When my community midwife suggested home birth to me at my booking in appointment with my second pregnancy I politely declined, thinking absolutely no way did I want to have a home birth. I was terrified of labour after a traumatic hospital induction with my son and didn’t really want to even think about having to go through labour at all.

As my pregnancy progressed I realised I had to face up to it sometime and booked onto the Royal Surrey maternity ward tour as I had given birth at a different hospital before. Being on the labour ward had me in floods of tears and did nothing to dispel my fear.

I started a hypnobirthing course and the hypnobirthing teacher suggested homebirth again to me and after the emotional experience of the labour ward tour, the idea started to make a bit more sense. It was actually my husband who cemented the idea as he knew I would be a lot more relaxed at home.

The more I thought about it the more it made sense and I was desperate for a different experience of labour this time. I went to a homebirth forum to meet the team and had a lot of my fears put to rest. At 28 weeks pregnant I made the decision to switch to the homebirth team.

Having all my antenatal appointments at home was the first huge benefit, I already felt more relaxed especially knowing that I would know the midwife who would be there at the birth.

My named midwife (Tanya) was so reassuring throughout the pregnancy, was great with entertaining my son during appointments and it felt like a friend visiting rather than an antenatal appointment.

As my due date got closer I started to feel excited at the prospect of having a home birth and really hoped everything would go to plan. I set the living room up with the birth pool and positive affirmations so it was all ready to go.

When I was 40+6 Jodie came to do my appointment and asked me what my thoughts were if I got to 42 weeks. I decided to have a sweep there and then as thought it could do no harm and I was desperate to avoid induction. I was 2cm dilated so Jodie reassured me it was unlikely I’d get to 42 weeks which was a relief, and joked that she’d see me later as she was on call. 

Later that afternoon at 4.30pm I started to feel period pains. I timed them for half an hour and realised they were coming every 2 minutes and I might be in labour. I contacted Jodie to let her know and she said to keep monitoring and let her know when they intensified.

I put my tens machine on and carried on focusing on my breathing. My husband started to fill the birth pool as we were worried it might take a while because of our boiler.

I practiced my hypnobirthing and focused on breathing through my contractions. I spoke to Jodie again at about 7.15pm and she said I sounded too happy still but she was ready to come when things intensified.

At 7.45pm I asked my husband to phone Jodie and ask her to come. She got to us just after 8pm and immediately suggested I get in the pool. Shortly after that I felt the urge to push.

Having not experienced the feeling of pushing/crowning the first time around due to an epidural, this made me panic a bit and I asked for gas and air for the last bit of pushing.

At 8.42pm my daughter was born in the water! I felt immense joy and was so proud of myself for doing it. 

The whole experience was incredibly empowering and I felt so relaxed throughout. My husband even has a video of me straight after birth asking why my baby isn’t crying, she was just so relaxed too!

I stayed in the pool for a while after and then Jodie wrapped me up on the sofa to cuddle and feed my baby in the comfort of my living room. It was so lovely to be in our own surroundings getting to know our new baby rather than the loud and busy postnatal ward.

To have had such a positive birth experience made all the difference to the first few weeks with our new addition. After my son’s birth I swore I’d never do it again but this time I’m sad I can’t repeat it as it was so amazing!

I cannot recommend the Surrey Hills home birth team enough. They are so encouraging, incredibly skilled and have the most amazing ability to give reassurance when needed but to step back and let you and your body get on with labour your own way.

It felt like it was just my husband and me throughout the labour but I knew Jodie was there if I needed her (the second midwife arrived after my daughter had been born but I never felt it was an issue with it just being Jodie and a student midwife).

Jodie actually took photos of my daughter being born and sent them to me straight after. I never would have thought I’d want photos but I am so pleased she just went ahead and took them.

The team supported me to believe in myself and trust my body and baby. My only regret is I wish I’d made the decision to have a home birth sooner so I could have experienced their incredible care throughout my pregnancy.  

Surrey Hills Client February 2019