Winter doesn’t last forever

Thank you for sending us this timely reminder that spring is here!

Massive congratulations and love to this family who had to change their birth plan at short notice, due to the knock of effects of #Covid19 , and birth with our wonderful @RSCH_Maternity colleagues. #waterbirth

We will continue to offer to post your birth announcements during this unprecedented time to offer our congratulations and our virtual love and support. #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

#FridayFeedback

Lucy and the home birth team,
A huge thank you to you all for your continued support through our pregnancy and beyond.
Your care, time and attention had been incredible and so much appreciated by us all.
We are so grateful to have had this experience with you all…”

Blooming Gorgeous

‪Last week we had the pleasure of supporting this family as they explored the evidence and navigated their options to develop a birth plan that felt right for them #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens @RSCH_Maternity #continuity #information #choice #support #BetterBirths ‬

Bye bye bear

‪Another farewell this week as this family embarked on the next step of their parenting journey. Sometimes birth plans change but it’s always a privilege to walk beside couples as they navigate their options and birth their babies #continuity #namedmidwife @RSCH_Maternity ‬

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