As I embark on writing down my birthing story I stop and look down at the most precious and beautiful sight – my newborn baby girl.
The beginning seems a crazy place to start – to imagine all the steps that led to the ‘welcome to the world’ moment!
I envisioned a Homebirth to be calm, relaxed and empowering and it proved to be that and sooooo much more.
‘Breathe in inspiration and trust yourself, the answer is yes you can’ Continue reading
The team were delighted to support this family today as their newest member arrived earthside on his Farrier Father’s birthday #HomeBirthJustHappened #HappyBirthday #BestPresentEver #Lucky
Waiting is the hardest part! These Doula cats stayed to support their human throughout her labour but scampered as soon as the small noisy one arrived! #HomeBirthJustHappened @RSCH_Maternity @RoyalSurrey
I feel quite emotional writing this. it’s just over two weeks since my birth and I am quite sad that it is getting further in the past. I don’t think many mums feel this way about their birth experience!
Recently being discharged and meeting my health visitor reminded me of all the reasons I wanted a home birth, with a team that understood and respected my wishes for a calm, relaxed experience.
Each one of the Surrey Hills team was incredible. I am truly grateful for them helping me have the birth experience I wanted. Continue reading
Nathaniel Ernest and Mum November 2017
They say that second babies are supposed to arrive earlier, but this one made me wait ten days over my guess date. I was totally relaxed about it, as I’ve always thought that babies will come whenever they are ready. My husband, Mike, however, was getting steadily more stressed every day. Mostly this was because we were planning to try again for the home birth which we hadn’t managed to get with our first child, and he knew how much logistical stuff there was for him to do once things kicked off!
My surges (contractions) started at 1am, and I lay in bed and timed them for a while before I woke my husband. I was absolutely convinced for some reason that it was a false alarm, and that I would be waking everyone up in the middle of the night unecessarily! But my last labour had been quite quick once it got started, so we soon phoned my mother-in-law who was driving up from Kent to look after Lydia, our toddler. We also phoned the home birth midwife, Laura, who said she would come straight away.
This determined mother’s intuition told her that
There’s No Place Like Home
and so she undertook her own quest to achieve it.
Following her own research in to #Homebirth she discovered the Surrey Hills Homebirth Team and transferred hospitals to enable us to care for her. We were delighted to be able to support her to birth her beautiful baby at home in a pool #HomeBirthJustHappened #WaterBirth #Caseloading #TeamMidwifery #RoyalSurreyCountyHospital
Just snuggling under my duvet after returning from a wonderful evening witnessing an amazing first time mum trust her instincts and intuition and give birth in her own home #HomeBirthJustHappened #Waterbirth