Hello little fella

‪Last week we said goodbye to this lovely family.

It was a pleasure to support them as they navigated their choices and made a birth plan that they felt comfortable and confident with.

As part of our model we make every effort to support our caseload wherever they birth their baby.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens #continuity @RSCH_Maternity ‬

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

Hungry like a wolf

This picture feels especially apt after the feeding frenzy of night two!

It’s been a pleasure to support this family as they’ve navigated their choices and developed a plan that felt right for them and their circumstances and we are looking forward to continuing our support in to the postnatal period.

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

2019: The Second Quarter

Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the Jodie has put together the stats for the second quarter (April 2019-June 2019) of this year.

In the second quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 49 woman, 94% of whom went on to have a vaginal birth.

92% of our caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before.

From this caseload of 49 women, 81.6% (n=40) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 9 women (18.4%) , for various reasons, changed their intended place of birth.

35 members of our caseload (87.5%) birthed their babies at home as planned while 12.5% changed their planned during the intrapartum period (active labour to two hours after birth) and transferred to the Royal Surrey for further care/support.

90% of the women who laboured/birthed at home used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy) and 85.7% of the births that took place at home occurred within the water (waterbirth).

We were privileged to welcomed 19 girls and 30 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

Feedback Friday

‪Some lovely #feedback from a recent client who we were able to support throughout their pregnancy journey despite changes to their planned place of birth and #birth plan #continuity #BetterBirths @RSCH_Maternity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens ‬

Third time lucky

After supporting this family over multiple pregnancies it was an absolute pleasure for the team to be able to facilitate the birth they have always desired.

Ingredients for a positive birth

This amazing mother fully prepared and planned for a positive birth including developing a birth plan that covered all eventualities.

Education, maternal instinct, birth support and a trusting relationship with her named midwife ensured her little ones safe arrival earthside.

When circumstances indicated the need for a change in plan this family was already informed of their choices and had a considered alternative plan ready