Powered by ice cream

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Last week the team has the pleasure of supporting these first time parents welcome their little girl in to the world.

This particular arrival was powered by #icecream ! While labouring on one of the hottest days of the year this mum needed a little cooling energy boost! 30 minutes later her little one arrived earthside!

#homewaterbirth #Homebirthjusthappened

When life hands you lemons…

alt text: midwife Lucy C stands in front of a brick wall andantes “when life gives you lemons” print. She is wearing a face mask, apron and blue surgical gloves. She is holding a week old baby with a think head of dark hair.

All births are special but it is a real privilege to support one of our wonderful @RSCH_Maternity colleagues through pregnancy, labour and postnatally.

Her beautiful week old daughter being held by named midwife Lucy C

Old Sport

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‪On Saturday we had the privilege of supporting the most incredible first time parents as they laboured at #home.

We also had the welcomed addition of the cutest #DoulaDog to the support team.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens ‬#DogsAndHomebirth

#FridayFeedback

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“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,

[redacted]”

Made with love

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‪This incredible mum navigated her options to safely birth her baby with our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues and we still have the privilege of supporting her in these precious early days. #continuity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens #HandpaintedHome ‬

Birth Partners

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In the early hours of Sunday the team had the pleasure of supporting this amazing mum as she birthed her first baby speedily in to the world and in to her partners awaiting hands. #HomeBirthJustHappened #HomeBirth #Primip #FirstTimeMum

I have everything I need to birth my baby

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‪This amazing first time mum knew that she had everything she needed within herself to birth her baby.

She adapted to the changes and challenges her pregnancy brought and birthed her baby safely in to the world with the support of our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens ‬

Myth-busting: Is Homebirth just for people who have birthed before?

alt text: infographic with the words Homebirth myth-busting in an orange banner. Below in a speech bubble originating from a graphic of a house, on the right of the image, the words “ Homebirth is only for 2nd time mums”. On the opposite side of the image a speech bubble from a graphic of a woman reads “No, find out more below”

Homebirth Myth-busting

Question: is homebirth just for people who’ve had a baby before?

Answer:
No. Homebirth can be a suitable option
for any pregnant people having midwifery led care* and has lots of advantages (see https://www.facebook.com/855315194600206/posts/1982972391834475/?d=n for some advantages)

In 2019 32% of our clients were people planning their first birth.

*If you have a more complex situation requiring consultant led or shared care but would still like to explore your birth place options, including birth at home, get in touch with the team. We can arrange a 1-2-1 chat with an experienced midwife and if the situation warrants it a discussion with the named Obstetric Consultant for homebirth

#FridayFeedback

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“Hello home birth team,

Just wanted to write to say a huge thank you to all the home birth team ladies I was cared for by throughout my pregnancy. Although I had a few changes throughout due to Anna going on maternity and Covid I felt so well supported by every member of the team that I came into contact with…which I think was pretty much all the team in the end!


Following my positive Group B Strep diagnosis I had a difficult decision to make as to whether to continue with the home birth, and felt Kirsty helped me, in a completely impartial way, to understand my options and decide on a course of action that was right for me.

It all worked out for the best as I had a really special birth experience in the pool at the Royal Surrey though ended up losing quite a bit of blood after the birth so no doubt would have had to transfer in if I had of given birth at home.

The calls with Caroline and Lucy after bringing my baby home were really valuable for me to just be able to check in that everything was on track.


There weren’t homebirth team clinics running for my five and ten day appointments so I saw two different midwives for these. Though they were lovely midwives, it made me realise how lucky I had been to have considerable continuity of care during the antenatal period and how valuable this is.


Thank you to all the team for all that you do – we are very lucky to have you!

[redacted] “

Surrey Hills Client May 2020