Big Sister, Little Sister

A little catch up from last week. This amazing Mum considered her options when plans changed, and chose the birth that felt safest for her and her little girl. She had support of our wonderful colleagues at The Royal Surrey. We are privileged to continue her postnatal care at home, along with this very proud big sister! #birthisamazingwhereverithappens

Across the Finish Line!

A little catch up today – September has been living up to its reputation, with a busy few weeks, as the team have had the privilege of supporting these wonderful growing families. The Pandemic may have prevented this lovely couple from attending Ascot as planned this year, but they still crossed a finish line of their own! This amazing Mum was supported by us in labour and then by our colleagues at The Royal Surrey Maternity unit to welcome her baby boy. #BirthisAmazingWhereeveritHappens

Swapping the Simpoh- Ayer for an English Rose

alt text: A brightly coloured canvas of rich blues, greens, reds and purples, depicting flowers native to Brunei hangs on a light grey wall

Today the team waved a fond fairwell to this lovely family as we handed their care on to their local health visiting team.

It was a pleasure to support these experienced parents as they planned for and welcomed their third child in to the world in their new UK home #homebirthhappens

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

BRAIN: Continuity

Surrey Hills homebirth team provide a continuity model of care to families planning to birth their babies at home.

Our clients are allocated a named midwife who provides the majority of their antenatal care. Towards the end of pregnancy clients are provided with the opportunity to meet the other members of the team, increasing the likelihood that they will know one or both midwives who attend their labour at home.

The team also continues to provide care in the postnatal period until they handover of care to your Health Visiting teams and GP.

In 2019, 82% of our clients knew the midwife who cared for them in labour.

A Cochrane review of 15 trials, involving 17,674 women, compared women who received continuity of midwifery care with shared or medically led care.

The results found continuity of midwifery care was associated with significant benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects. Findings demonstrated Women who received continuity of midwifery care were…

19% less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks

16% less likely to have a late pregnancy loss (after 24 weeks)

24% less likely to experience a preterm birth (birth prior to 37 weeks)

15% less likely to have regional analgesia (Epidural)

7 x More likely to know their midwife in labour

16% less likely to have an episiotomy

If you would like to learn more about birthing your baby at home contact us at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Myth-Busting: Am I a Homebirth sort of person?

Homebirth Myth-Busting

Question: Am I a Homebirth Sort of person?

Answer: Maybe

There is no set “homebirth sort of person”,
homebirth can suit people with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Home birth allows many women to remain in their own familiar and comfortable environment.

The main hormones that facilitate labour, Oxytocin (the love hormone) and Endorphins (your natural morphine), are produced when you are relaxed, safe and comfortable. The best place to birth is where you feel safe, supported and empowered.

In their recent systematic review,
Reitsma et al (2020), explored the outcomes of 500,000 planned homebirths. They Concluded that “Among low-risk women, those intending to birth at home experienced fewer birth interventions and untoward maternal outcomes.”

If you are having midwifery led care (low risk), you are an ideal person to consider a homebirth.

If you have additional considerations recommending obstetric input in your pregnancy and would like to explore the option of homebirth, please contact the team for an individualised discussion.​

For more information about birthing at home contact the team for a chat at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Read this birth story of a previous client who didn’t think that she was a homebirth sort of person before she met the team https://surreyhillshomebirth.org/2016/09/20/home-birth-sort-of-person/

Homebirth #continuity #Choice