#FridayFeedback

Sharing this lovely feedback (with permission) that was sent to Amy Stubbs, Head of Midwifery at the Royal Surrey Hospital.

“Dear Amy 

We just wanted to write to you to let you know what a brilliant experience we have had with the homebirth team lately. 

Our son [redacted] was born on 13 October and our daughter was born three years ago also under the care of the team. 

I know that funding must be difficult and there must be pressure to cut cost but I wanted to write to you to say how much we valued this service and how important it is. I honestly believe that women who use the homebirth team have such a positive experience that it must help with mental health going forwards. 

The midwives in the team are without exception kind, knowledgeable and sensible. I was so impressed with how each of them seems to love their job and be so interested and up to date with current research.

They are so kind, and non judgemental and reassuring. They also seem to never miss a beat in terms of arrangements, which is particularly impressive as their plans must change all the time. They are all so efficient and organised. 

Having them come to our house and get to know us made a huge difference. [redacted] actually came too quickly for the midwives to arrive but I am so pleased we had planned a home birth and they were so good with all the follow up. 

Kirsty was my named midwife and she is absolutely superb. She is so kind, so efficient, so sensible and knowledgeable and very caring. All the midwives were brilliant though. 

I can’t thank them, or royal surrey, enough for this service. If we can ever assist the team with anything we’d be delighted to do so. 

With thanks 

[redacted]”

An early gift

‪An early and chilly start this morning to watch this lovely family welcome their second baby, who was in quiet a hurry, in to the world next to the Christmas tree #HomebirthJustHappened #continuity @RSCH_Maternity ‬

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 ‬

Cozy Cat

‪When the weather is horrible there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa! The beauty of #homebirth is that you get to stay in your cosy, safe and familiar surroundings just like this second time mum supported by the team, her partner and their cat. It’s been an absolute pleasure supporting this family as their prepares for their homebirth and navigated their choices and we look forward to supporting them as they adjust to being a family of four #HomebirthJustHappened ‬

Happy Kids

Yesterday we said goodbye to this lovely family as they continued their journey with the support of their GP and Health Visitor.

It’s been such a pleasure to walk alongside them throughout this pregnancy, as they made changes in their plan, during labour and birth at @RSCH_Maternity and the first days of family life.

#continuity is amazing for families and midwives