On Tuesday we also had the privilege of supporting these first time parents as they laboured at home before welcoming their daughter in to the world with the support of our @RSCH_Maternity colleagues #RoyalSurreyBirthingUnit #TeamWork
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
The talented people at the Royal Surrey County Hospital Photography and Graphics department have created a fantastic virtual tour of the RSCH Maternity Department, providing a concise overview of the birth place choices available to our clients.
It video showcases the hard work that has taken place over the last few years to enhance the aesthetic of the department and create a more comfortable, homely and hormone enhancing environment in which to give birth.
So grab a cuppa, sit back and take a virtual tour of the unit from the comfort of your own home. For those of you planning to birth your baby in the most comfortable and homely environment you know- your own home- this might be the closest you ever get to the maternity unit on level G. For those of you still exploring your options, the tour is a great starting point for your research.
The video is provided in addition to weekend tours of the unit which will continue to be offered to you from your 34th week of pregnancy and tours included with antenatal education classes. You can learn more about the Royal Surrey’s Education Classes (here) and in the The Little Bag section of this site.
Never afraid promote client choice through the use of social media, the team are well represented in the video. Listen carefully and you will hear the soothing voice of our very own Deana Frost narrating the antenatal section of the tour. At 05:02 you can watch our mighty team leader, Tanya Ashton, promoting birth at home and the work of the team. Even this blog makes it’s YouTube debut at 05:25!