It’s a girl!

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This incredible mother listened to her instincts and her baby and weighed up her options to safely birth her little girl in to the world with the support of our Royal Surrey colleagues.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

When life hands you lemons…

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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

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 ‬

#FridayFeedback

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Dear Kirsty, Caroline, Lucy and Lucy,

A huge thank you to all of you for all of your amazing support throughout my pregnancy and birth.

Despite not going completely to plan we enjoyed being at home for 90% of it! We would certainly opt for a homebirth again if we had another baby (although [redacted] says that was definitely our last!).

Lots of love [redacted]

Three’s Company

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This baby was in no hurry to meet her big sisters and was far too comfortable snuggled up with her mummy.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

#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

Intuition

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This amazing 1st time mum listened to her baby and followed her instincts to birth with our colleagues at @RSCH_Maternity where she absolutely rocked her birth bringing her baby in to the world with the aid of water. #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

Team Stats 2019

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We are delighted to be able to finally share our 2019 stats with you.

The Surrey Hills Homebirth team 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*

In 2019 we were responsible for the care of 203 pregnant women and their families.

Of these families 32% birthed their first baby, 42% birthed their second, while 26% birthed their third or subsequent baby

92% of our entire caseload experienced a vaginal birth and 82% knew the midwife who was caring for them in labour.

133 (66%) of our caseload used water in labour (hydrotherapy) with 50% (n=101) remaining in the water as they birthed their baby (waterbirth).

We welcomed 99 girls and 104 boys in to the world.

From our original caseload (n=203) 73% (n=148) of families planned to give birth at home with the Surrey Hills team at the onset of established labour. The remaining 55 families (27%) opted for an alternative place of birth. This change in planned place of birth occurred for a number of different reasons including consent to Induction of Labour, the development of situations/conditions which recommended a hospital based birth and moving out of area.

Of the 148 families who planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 82% achieved their planned birth at home (n=121). 18% (n=27) experienced an in labour transfer to an alternative place of birth, while 3% (n=5) were transferred in the immediate postnatal period.

95% of the clients that birthed at home had a physiological (natural) birth of the placenta with optimal cord clamping.

*please note that there have been some changes to our service in 2020 due to Covid 19 pandemic. Please talk to a team member or read the Covid 19 page for more details

#FridayFeedback

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“I also want to pass on my huge thanks and appreciation to all of you.

You are all incredible and how you work with professionalism, enthusiasm and so much care is so valued and appreciated.

Your attention to detail, obvious passion for your work and the support you gave me throughout both my pregnancies was over and above and I will be forever grateful…”