Beautiful Delivery

‪Last week the team supported this lovely family as they navigated the options available to them for the safe arrival of their little girl #Continuity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens @RSCH_Maternity ‬

Hello little lady!

This week we said goodbye to this lovely family as they moved to the next stage of their parenting journey.

It was a pleasure to support this family for the third time as they welcomed their third baby, their first little girl, in to the world #Continuity @RSCH_Maternity

Hello little fella

‪Last week we said goodbye to this lovely family.

It was a pleasure to support them as they navigated their choices and made a birth plan that they felt comfortable and confident with.

As part of our model we make every effort to support our caseload wherever they birth their baby.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens #continuity @RSCH_Maternity ‬

2019: The Third Quarter

Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the Jodie has put together the stats for the third quarter (July- September 2019) of this year.

In the third quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 42 woman. We work within a continuity caseloading model which means that we continue to care for our clients throughout their childbearing journey, even if plans or place of birth change along the way.

74% of our entire caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before and all women who birthed at home were cared for by a member of the Surrey Hills team.

From this caseload of 42 women, 66.7 % (n=28) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 14 women (33.3%) changed their intended place of birth before labour started for various reasons including; consenting to an Induction of Labour (n=8) and planned/elective Caesarean birth (n=3).

23 members of our caseload (82%) birthed their babies at home as planned, while 17.8 % (n=5) transferred in labour to the Royal Surrey for further care/support in labour. Two members (7.14%) of our caseload transferred to the Royal Surrey in the immediate postnatal period.

All of the mums who started their labour’s at home had a vaginal birth!

61% (n=26) of our total caseload used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy), while 47.6% (n=20) birthed their baby in the water (waterbirth).

We were privileged to welcomed 19 girls and 23 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

Hungry like a wolf

This picture feels especially apt after the feeding frenzy of night two!

It’s been a pleasure to support this family as they’ve navigated their choices and developed a plan that felt right for them and their circumstances and we are looking forward to continuing our support in to the postnatal period.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens