Team Cheer

Huge thanks to the babies who stayed in long enough for us to enjoy our team Christmas meal last night.

We have had the most wonderful year supporting our caseload of incredible families and watching you bring new lives in to the world. What a privilege!

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November Stats: Continuity Of Carer

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

What if…?

What if things don’t go to plan?

What if we need to transfer to hospital?

Overwhelming the feedback we get following a transfer to hospital is positive with many parents planning to #homebirth with the team again if they have another pregnancy.

This feedback (shared with permission) was shared on our Instagram ( SurreyHillsHomeBirth) in response to the Infographic of our November stats #transfer

Homebirth Team Stats: November 2018

Jodie has done another wonderful job translating our stats in to a user friendly infographic.

November was a busy month with 28 of our caseload’s babies making their arrivals.

6 of our clients changed their place of birth prior to the start of their labour.

22 clients intended home as their baby’s place of birth at the start of labour and 82% (n=18) achieved their planned homebirth. Therefore our transfer rate in labour was 18 %(n=4).

72 % (n=13) of the homebirth’s took place in water with a further 5 clients using water during their labours only (use of water in labour 82%).

Mode of birth is presented for all clients cared for by the Surrey Hills team including those who’s place of birth changes prior to labour.

82 % (n=23) of the babies birthed in November were unassisted vaginal births.

3.5% (n=1) was born with Ventouse assistance.

3.5% (n=1) was born with the assistance of Forceps.

3.5 % (n=1) was born via an Elective Caesarean Birth.

7% (n=2) of the births took place via Emergency Caesarean. 1 baby (3.5%) was born via prior to the start of labour and the other (3.5%) during active labour.