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 ‬

Just like buses….

It was a busy morning for the team as we welcomed two babies in t the world within an hour!

This experienced mum was supported at home by her named midwife as she birthed her second child.

A cup of tea and a brownie

“On the morning of my due date I had a few mild cramps which came and went with me hardly even noticing them. I put it down to ‘due date excitement’! I had a sweep booked in with Emily at around midday and I was excited that at the prospect of it possibly starting things off.   I took my toddler to nursery and my husband and I went out for breakfast to enjoy some child-free time before the next baby came along. Emily and a student midwife came over after lunch at around 1:30pm, and after a cup of tea and a lovely chat she did the sweep for me. She said I was already 3cms dilated and my cervix was fully effaced!! What!? My body had been up to all sorts of things without me even knowing! Emily said that we would very likely have our baby today and said to call the team when things ramped up, and advised that we inflate the birthing pool. Having the sweep at home was much more relaxing than at hospital (if you can call a sweep relaxing!?). 

Happy Christmas x

With their little ones keen to join the festivities, in the past few days we’ve supported four families as they welcomed their little ones in to the world and had the privileged of witness two births at #home. We will share their birth announcements, with permission, soon.

In the meantime we can tide you over with our “traditional” team photo from our annual Christmas meal. Many of you may notice a few familiar Surrey Hills faces!

Sadly we’ve goodbye to the lovely Jodie as she embarks on the next stage of her career at St Thomas’s. The Tommy’s mums and babies are lucky to have such a capable and caring midwife joining their unit and she will be greatly missed by the team and her case-loading families alike.

Room at the inn

‪Taking inspirations from another special family (pictured) the team were delighted to support this family experience their first out of hospital birth- no stable required.

It was especially poignant for the named midwife who not only supports the family through pregnancy, labour and birth but had cared for the family twice before, before as a community midwife before joining the team.

#HomebirthJustHappened #HomeWaterbirth #Continuity @RSCH_Maternity ‬