“Pool” birth

Over night this incredible mother birthed her baby earthside at #home in the #pool although this little was in such a hurry there was no time to fill it! Definitely a first for the team and still technically a #Pool birth!

HomebirthJustHappened #EasyCleanUp #PoolNoWaterBirth

Myth-busting: There’s no pain relief at home

Myth: There’s no pain relief available at homebirths

Truth: There’s a variety of pain relief options available for use at home, both natural and pharmacological.

These options are discussed in more detail during your initial chat with the team and during the homebirth advisory appointment.

Many Mums choose to use TENS in during their latent phase or early labour, which they purchase or hire themselves.

Lots of our clients also choose to hire birth pools which can be very effective in supporting labour. In 2019, 133 Mums used pools in their labours. Baths and even showers can also be ways of utilising water in labour.

As a Team, we carry Entonox or “Gas and Air”, which is available for women to use in labour. Many women find this very effective as a next step from using TENS or water.

We can also arrange a prescription of Meptid for women who would like this option. Like Pethidine, Meptid is an Opioid injection but is less strong. It can be very effective in the first stage of labour, particularly during a long latent phase where it can aid rest.

Myth-busting- Is Homebirth Messy?

Question:
Is Homebirth messy?

Answer:
No

We make sure the families under our care feel prepared for their labour and birth. At 36 weeks we will arrange a Homebirth Advisory appointment with you, where we discuss in detail your plans and preferences, and the equipment you might like to use ( read more about equipment and supplies here)

We recommend the use of waterproof coverings such as decorating sheets or shower curtains to protect soft furnishings. Absorbent pads are also advised. Cover with towels or blankets to make this lovely and cosy.

Many of our clients will choose to use a pool for their labour. Use of the pool’s disposable liner and submergible pump makes tidying up very simple.

If you would prefer not to keep your placenta, the homebirth team can take it away and arrange its disposal.

If you have any other questions about home birth or would like further information contact the Surrey Hills Team at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

MythBusting #BirthPlaceChoice #Homebirth