It was an absolute privilege to support these first time parents at the weekend as they brought their little boy in to the world.
He may have had his own birth plan but mum and dad adapted with calm, grace and aplomb #birthisamazingwhereverithappens @RSCH_Maternity
What if things don’t go to plan?
What if we need to transfer to hospital?
Overwhelming the feedback we get following a transfer to hospital is positive with many parents planning to #homebirth with the team again if they have another pregnancy.
This feedback (shared with permission) was shared on our Instagram ( SurreyHillsHomeBirth) in response to the Infographic of our November stats #transfer
Jodie has done another wonderful job translating our stats in to a user friendly infographic.
November was a busy month with 28 of our caseload’s babies making their arrivals.
6 of our clients changed their place of birth prior to the start of their labour.
22 clients intended home as their baby’s place of birth at the start of labour and 82% (n=18) achieved their planned homebirth. Therefore our transfer rate in labour was 18 %(n=4).
72 % (n=13) of the homebirth’s took place in water with a further 5 clients using water during their labours only (use of water in labour 82%).
Mode of birth is presented for all clients cared for by the Surrey Hills team including those who’s place of birth changes prior to labour.
82 % (n=23) of the babies birthed in November were unassisted vaginal births.
3.5% (n=1) was born with Ventouse assistance.
3.5% (n=1) was born with the assistance of Forceps.
3.5 % (n=1) was born via an Elective Caesarean Birth.
7% (n=2) of the births took place via Emergency Caesarean. 1 baby (3.5%) was born via prior to the start of labour and the other (3.5%) during active labour.
Time and time again we are reminded of how strong maternal instinct is. This little lady made her safe appearance this week with help from our multidisciplinary colleagues at the Royal Surrey County because her wonderful mother listened to her instincts #KicksCount #MumKnowsBest #MaternalInstincts
Another brilliantly busy start to the week with two mums birthing their babies at home on Monday. Meanwhile another strong mummy, supported by the team and cared for by our lovely @RSCH_Maternity colleagues, birthed her baby this morning! #Continuity #Teamwork #choice
Great a heatwave
Said no pregnant woman ever!
The midwives at Tommy’s have some great advice about how to keep yourself cool during the heatwave.
It is very warm in the unit at the moment. If you do need to visit the hospital we recommend that you wear light layers, take a refillable water bottle and face flannel. A cooling face spray and/or battery powered personal fan would also be beneficial.
If you feel unwell in the heat don’t hesitate to contact the team, your GP or the pregnancy advice line 0300 123 5473