Support and Encouragement

This lovely mummy is a good friend to one of our team members providing her with support and encouragement when she decided to train as a midwife.

Seven years later it was the midwives privilege to return the favour and support and encourage her friend through pregnancy and birth!

2019: The Third Quarter

Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the Jodie has put together the stats for the third quarter (July- September 2019) of this year.

In the third quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 42 woman. We work within a continuity caseloading model which means that we continue to care for our clients throughout their childbearing journey, even if plans or place of birth change along the way.

74% of our entire caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before and all women who birthed at home were cared for by a member of the Surrey Hills team.

From this caseload of 42 women, 66.7 % (n=28) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 14 women (33.3%) changed their intended place of birth before labour started for various reasons including; consenting to an Induction of Labour (n=8) and planned/elective Caesarean birth (n=3).

23 members of our caseload (82%) birthed their babies at home as planned, while 17.8 % (n=5) transferred in labour to the Royal Surrey for further care/support in labour. Two members (7.14%) of our caseload transferred to the Royal Surrey in the immediate postnatal period.

All of the mums who started their labour’s at home had a vaginal birth!

61% (n=26) of our total caseload used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy), while 47.6% (n=20) birthed their baby in the water (waterbirth).

We were privileged to welcomed 19 girls and 23 boys in to the world and to support their parents in the first crucial weeks of parenthood.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within our catchment, come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a 1-2-1 chat in the privacy of your own home at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

Homebirth Team Stats: November 2018

Jodie has done another wonderful job translating our stats in to a user friendly infographic.

November was a busy month with 28 of our caseload’s babies making their arrivals.

6 of our clients changed their place of birth prior to the start of their labour.

22 clients intended home as their baby’s place of birth at the start of labour and 82% (n=18) achieved their planned homebirth. Therefore our transfer rate in labour was 18 %(n=4).

72 % (n=13) of the homebirth’s took place in water with a further 5 clients using water during their labours only (use of water in labour 82%).

Mode of birth is presented for all clients cared for by the Surrey Hills team including those who’s place of birth changes prior to labour.

82 % (n=23) of the babies birthed in November were unassisted vaginal births.

3.5% (n=1) was born with Ventouse assistance.

3.5% (n=1) was born with the assistance of Forceps.

3.5 % (n=1) was born via an Elective Caesarean Birth.

7% (n=2) of the births took place via Emergency Caesarean. 1 baby (3.5%) was born via prior to the start of labour and the other (3.5%) during active labour.

Keeping Cool in Pregnancy

Great a heatwave

Said no pregnant woman ever!

The midwives at Tommy’s have some great advice about how to keep yourself cool during the heatwave.

It is very warm in the unit at the moment. If you do need to visit the hospital we recommend that you wear light layers, take a refillable water bottle and face flannel. A cooling face spray and/or battery powered personal fan would also be beneficial.

If you feel unwell in the heat don’t hesitate to contact the team, your GP or the pregnancy advice line 0300 123 5473

https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/about-us/tommys-midwives-blog/summer-pregnancy

Bumps, Birth and Babies Community Event

Members of the Surrey Hills Homebirth team will be in attendance at this local pregnancy, birth and parenting event. Pop along to have a chat with us if you would like to learn more about your birth place choices or are just curious to learn more about our #Homebirth service.

Our colleagues from the Royal Surrey Maternity Department will also be in attendance if the Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) or Obstetric Unit (Delivery Suite) are more your cup of tea.

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about Surrey Heartlands’ plans to transform local maternity services implement services in line with the recommendations of #BetterBirths

Royal (Surrey) Birth

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Recent media reports have suggested that HRH Catherine Dutchess of Cambridge is considering a #HomeBirth.

If you would like to explore all of your birth place options for your own Royal (Surrey) Birth we would be delighted to meet with you 1-2-1 in your own home or at one of our informal Home Birth forums.

To arrange to meet with a member of the team compete the contact form below, email tanya.ashton@nhs.net or request a referral from your community midwife.

 

For further information about all of the birth place options open to the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Maternity Unit clients (including a tour of the unit) book yourself on to one of the units Your Pregnancy Matters information evenings (Dates and contact details can be found here).