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

Twinkle Toes

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The team were privileged to support this incredible mother #birth her second baby in to the world. “Twinkle toes” a gift from her big sister forming part of the welcome party #HomebirthJustHappened ‬

#FridayFeedback

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“Just a little note to say thank you for all of your support in bringing our little girl in to the world.

Lucy made me so excited about birth and gave [redacted] the confidence to support me and be apart of the birth.

Caroline’s advice on baby care will also stick in my head- Pringle fingers and poo pockets. She also gave me the confidence to have a positive hospital birth once we knew that was the route we were taking.

Kirsty and Becca have been great now our little one is here and helped us adjust to parent life.

Thank you so much for everything,

Lots of love,

[redacted]”

“Pool” birth

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Over night this incredible mother birthed her baby earthside at #home in the #pool although this little was in such a hurry there was no time to fill it! Definitely a first for the team and still technically a #Pool birth!

HomebirthJustHappened #EasyCleanUp #PoolNoWaterBirth

Mother Earth


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It has been a privileged to support this experienced mum as she navigated her options and developed a birth plan that supported her to safely welcome her baby earthside at #home in the #pool #continuity #homebirthjusthappened

Made with love

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‪This incredible mum navigated her options to safely birth her baby with our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues and we still have the privilege of supporting her in these precious early days. #continuity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens #HandpaintedHome ‬

Bittersweet

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It was a bittersweet day today saying goodbye to this lovely family who birthed their baby at the start of the month with our RSH colleagues. We have been privileged to support them throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. #continuity

Monday’s Child

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‪This morning the team had the privilege of supporting this family for the second time as they welcomed their second child in to the world at #home #HomeBirthJustHappened ‬