All Hallows’ Eve Eve

The team were delighted to support this family in the eve of Halloween as they welcomed their second child in to the world at #home. They even provided their own mini midwife in training (their first born child)!

Maternal Pride

‪This week the team supported this powerful women as she laboured at home before bringing her little lion cub in to the world with the support of our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens #Continuity ‬

#FeedbackFriday

“Dear Kirsty, Jodie, Lucy and all the homebirth team,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you have done for us in helping with [redacted]’s birth.

We so appreciate all that you did – all the lovely home visits before his birth- Each appointment is like having very knowledgeable friend over for a cup of tea. It all makes for such a nice experience.

Thank you also for all that Jodie and Lucy did on the night of his birth. So calm and quiet and carefully looking after us while we were dazed and confused with a new baby and then after his birth it has been so reassuring having Kirsty’s advice on feeding, gunky eyes and baby poo!

It made such a difference to us and we will always be grateful to all of you.

With all our love and best wishes,

[names redacted]

Surrey Hills Clients October 2019

2019: The Second Quarter

Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the Jodie has put together the stats for the second quarter (April 2019-June 2019) of this year.

In the second quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 49 woman, 94% of whom went on to have a vaginal birth.

92% of our caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before.

From this caseload of 49 women, 81.6% (n=40) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 9 women (18.4%) , for various reasons, changed their intended place of birth.

35 members of our caseload (87.5%) birthed their babies at home as planned while 12.5% changed their planned during the intrapartum period (active labour to two hours after birth) and transferred to the Royal Surrey for further care/support.

90% of the women who laboured/birthed at home used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy) and 85.7% of the births that took place at home occurred within the water (waterbirth).

We were privileged to welcomed 19 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 rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Birth Time

This afternoon the team had the absolute pleasure of supporting this lovely family as they welcomed their second baby earth side in the comfort of their own home. This was their second pregnancy with the team but first birth at home.

Such a joy to practice in a continuity model that sees us supporting families as they grow with each new addition.