Due to social distancing restrictions we won’t be able to host this year’s summer party and reunion. We can’t let the team’s 9th anniversary pass without celebrating in some way so we would like to mark the occasion virtually on our blog and across our other social media platforms.
We had already decided after last year’s Circus Themed: Your Body, Your Baby, Your Show! that this year we would have a superhero “I grow humans, what’s your superpower?”
The theme feels especially apt in the current pandemic. We are all in awe of all of our superhero families, growing, developing, birthing, teaching, learning, and loving each other in these unprecedented times and we would like to celebrate you.
We are going to dedicate the first week in August to celebrating our entire caseload, sharing your birth stories and testimonials and we would like to culminate the week with a slide show of our caseload, past and present, as you are now. From growing bumps to thriving nine-year olds and everyone in between we would love to share images of the caseloads “babies” and their families.
Superhero fancy dress is encouraged but completely optional. Lucy has created a selection of superhero signs that can be printed out and held up in your pictures if you’d like. We’ve left them black and white so feel free to colour and decorate as you like and there is even a blank hero template for you to add your own words of wisdom/superhero pun/memory.
Today the the team celebrated eight years of providing a dedicated, case-loading, homebirth service for families booked with the Royal Surrey!
This year we took inspiration from The Greatest Showman with a circus themed party complete with red noses, popcorn, and candy floss- and the tag line- Your Body, Your Baby, Your Show!
We were delighted to see so many familiar faces and get the chance to observe how much your little ones, and you as parents, had changed and grown over the preceding months!
Summer picnic and reunion 2019
If you are new to the team and would like to meet us to have a chat about your birth place options simply pop along to one of our informal forums or email us to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home.
This summer the team is celebrating its 8th anniversary of providing a #NHS #continuity #Caseloading #Homebirth service for families booked with @RSCH_Maternity
If you are planning to birth with us or if you have been supported by the team in the past come along and help us celebrate!
We had such an amazing time celebrating the team’s 5th “birthday”. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made the afternoon so special. It was wonderful to catch up with you all. A special thanks to Jane (team founder) and Sam (team midwife until Jan 2016), who stopped by to celebrate with us.
It was especially magical to see the team’s oldest (five years) and youngest (nine days) “babies” enjoying the festivities!
While the Royal Surrey has had a home birth service for many years the formation of a dedicated team of case loading midwives only occurred in June 2011. We are very lucky to have developed such an established service in a relatively short period of time.
As a team we are very aware that other midwives do not have the luxury of being able to practice they way we do, that some areas of the country don’t have a dedicated case loading home birth service, are only just beginning to develop one, or are having to join together with their service users to fight tooth and nail to maintain theirs.
We know that we owe the success of the teams establishment within the community to the fantastic work you all do sharing your positive experiences and passing on your word of mouth recommendations. We certainly don’t take the privilege of providing this service and working with your wonderful families lightly. So, Thank you for everything you do to promote the team to your friends, families and the communities of Surrey and Hampshire.
Same time next year?!
*We are hoping to share some more of the wonderful images captured of the day. We just need to tick some boxes and cut through some red tape first. If you came to the party and you are happy for us to share your image for the purpose of publicising the team and its service, and you haven’t already completed a consent form, could you please get in touch with us at tanya.ashston@nhs(dot)net titling your email, Photography consent.