October – December 2020 Stats

๐ŸŒŸ October – December 2020 Stats ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿก An Amazing 97% vaginal birth rate for the mamas who started their labours at home.

๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ™‹ 88% of our mums knew the midwife who cared for them in labour.

๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿผ On discharge to the health visitor 95% of our caseload were still feeding the way they had intended at birth.

Even through all the uncertainties that the year had thrown at everyone, we are so pleased to be back offering our homebirth service as normal (with PPE).

To support birth choices is both a priority and priviledge to us all in the Surrey Hills Team ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within the teamโ€™s catchment, please email us at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Service Suspension and Support..

Not the start to the New Year we had hoped for.
After a difficult and disappointing few days for the team and our caseload, we are so grateful for the support of our antenatal education team of Caroline and Natalie (both former Homebirth Midwives) for putting together these sessions for support and reassurance to our caseload. Link to register is below, a letter is being sent out to the whole caseload with an access code for the registration – your midwife has this code too, so any queries, do get in touch.

As a small team it is not possible for us to provide 24/7 cover for births in the maternity unit but from the 31/12/20, Kirsty, Lucy C, Lucy M, Becca and Claire will be working Night shifts at the Royal Surreyโ€™s birthing unit with the aim of supporting as many of you as possible when you have your babies, and supporting our wonderful colleagues to continue to provide safe and positive care during the pandemic.
We will be continuing all Antenatal and Postnatal care as a team by running 3 clinics a week. The other 4 days of the week will be maintaining an overview of the whole caseload and providing Oncall cover for the hospital for any of our ‘labouring mums’.

Plans will likely evolve over the coming days and weeks but we will endeavour to support and care for you as a team in what ever capacity we can.

We are still in the process of contacting everyone individually, please do be patient as we set up all the changes.

The suspension of the service will be reviewed every week by Amy, our Head of Midwifery and we will keep you all updated with any changes.

We continue to invite families who are interested in homebirthing, so please do continue to get in touch via our email address so that we can talk through your options individually.
Stay safe.
Best wishes,
Kirsty, Lucy, Lucy, Becca and Claire
The Surrey Hills Homebirth Team


Any comments of support from previous families affected in the 1st Lockdown will be greatly appreciated to those who now find themselves in the same position ๐Ÿ’•


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Across the Finish Line!

A little catch up today – September has been living up to its reputation, with a busy few weeks, as the team have had the privilege of supporting these wonderful growing families. The Pandemic may have prevented this lovely couple from attending Ascot as planned this year, but they still crossed a finish line of their own! This amazing Mum was supported by us in labour and then by our colleagues at The Royal Surrey Maternity unit to welcome her baby boy. #BirthisAmazingWhereeveritHappens

Beautiful Baby Boy

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of supporting this incredible mother as she welcomed her son earth side at home in the pool with her named midwife. A second baby and first Homebirth for this lovely family. His gender was an exciting surprise for his Mummy and Daddy, and his excited big sister who couldnโ€™t wait to meet him! #Homebirthjusthappened

Old Sport

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โ€ชOn Saturday we had the privilege of supporting the most incredible first time parents as they laboured at #home.

We also had the welcomed addition of the cutest #DoulaDog to the support team.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens โ€ฌ#DogsAndHomebirth

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 wereโ€ฆ

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

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