Full of Grace

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

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Responsive Feeding

❤️You cannot spoil a baby or child with too much love, comfort and security ❤️

Not only is a baby wanting to feed/suck for comfort biologically normal is it kind of the point.

Did you know that your baby’s feeds are not just for nutrition? Feeding is also a wonderful opportunity to provide love, comfort and reassurance to your baby

However you choose to feed your baby you can do so responsively.

Responsive feeding is a simple as following your baby’s feeding cues rather than a schedule, allowing the baby to set the pace of the feed, and communicating with your baby during the feed with eye contact and gentle and positive conversation.

Skin to skin is a wonderful way to welcome your baby in to the world and give their first feed but it has benefits well in to the Fourth Trimester.

In addition to feeding when your baby shows signs of hunger, breastfeeding mums can also offer the breast when her baby is distressed, fractious, or appear lonely, when her breasts are full or she needs a rest.

Breastfeeding can also help settle a baby if they are baby unwell or provide them with reassurance in unfamiliar environments. The sucking action of feeding is know to act as a form of comfort and pain relief for baby’s having uncomfortable procedures like blood tests and/or injections.

Ask your midwife about responsive feeding, feeding cues, paced bottle feeding and the Fourth Trimester

#BrainDevelopment #Oxytocin #ResponsiveFeeding #BabyFriendly #BuildingAHappyBaby

Ask Us About…Bump Bonding and Responsive Parenting

Did you know that baby’s have needs before they are born and that Responsgive Parenting starts in pregnancy?

You can help your baby’s brain develop to in pregnancy by taking time out to relax and bond with them. This can be as simple as responding to your baby’s kicks with a gentle nudge of your own.

Talking, reading and/ or singing to your growing baby and stroking your bump are also wonderful ways to increase yours and your baby’s oxytocin and promote bonding and brain development.

You can invite your partner, children and other close family and friends to start to develop a relationship with your baby in the same way.

Learning your baby’s normal pattern of movements and responding to any changes helps to keep your baby safe.

Ask your midwife about Bump Bonding, Responsive Parenting and monitoring your baby’s movements in pregnancy.

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#AskUs #Antenatal #Pregnancy #BrainDevelopment #Oxytocin #BumpBonding #BuildingAHappyBaby #KicksCount #ResponsiveParenting

#AskUs about… Developing Sibling Relationship

Ask your midwife about how to involve your children and partner in bump bonding.

Encouraging other family members to feel the baby move and talk, sing and read to your bump encourages family bonding and promotes baby brain development.

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#BrainDevelopment #BumpBonding #Antenatal #Pregnancy #SiblingBonding #FamilyBonding #Family #Oxytocin

Bumps, Birth and Baby Event

Alice and Caroline had a lovely day on Saturday meeting lots of family’s and pregnancy and birth workers at the Doula UK Bumps, Birth and Baby event in Godalming.

The team shared their stand with Paulette Kerr, project manager for Surrey Heartlands Better Births project. It was wonderful to see so many people taking an interest in the future of Maternity services and the Maternity Transformation Project.

They were gifted with a special visit from Surrey Hills Midwife, Sarah, and her beautiful ten day old daughter Maeve.

Pregnancy Advice Line

One of the first exciting #BetterBirths developments to come out of the Surrey Heartlands partnership is a brand new dedicated maternity advice line.

Launching on the 9th of April, the advice line will be staffed by experienced midwives who’s responsibility it will be to provide a dedicated service 24/7.

Freeing up other midwives to give clinical care, this phone line will allow maternity clients to access the advice and support they need in a timely way.

This may include answering your pregnancy questions, supporting you at home early labour and arranging transfer to your chosen place of birth and a midwife available 24hrs a day to offer feeding and newborn advice.

Authentic Self

We know that a birthing body works best when it feels safe, secure and unobserved . For clients who choose to be cared for by the Surrey Hills team that means birthing in their own home, cared for my midwives they’ve had the opportunity to get to know. If you would like to learn more about #homebirth provision at the Royal Surrey County Hospital simply pop along to one of our informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in your own home.