Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons

The team have had the pleasure of supporting this family as they navigated their choices, followed their instincts and created plans that felt right for them #Continuity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

#FridayFeedback

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank the home birth team as a whole for the amazing experience you gave me in the months leading up to, during and after [redacted]’s birth.

Not only were your antenatal visits with my named midwife Kirsty a wonderful opportunity to focus on my baby in an otherwise very busy life, the care I received during labour from Kirsty and Caroline was second to none.

I can only describe home birth as magical and both times it has had a monumental effect on me. So much so that I’ve spent the 4 weeks since [redacted]’s birth, cuddling and feeding him whilst wondering how on earth I could become a midwife myself with 3 small children. I still don’t know the answer but I have begun an access course to make university a possibility because I know if I don’t try I won’t forgive myself.

I’ve seen first hand what a difference a better birth can make to a woman’s physical and mental health at the most important time of their life and I can think of no better job than to be the person to facilitate that, you are all wonderful!

There is no thanks enough for what you all do. If you ever need someone to come to forums or write testimonials I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one to volunteer but I could sing your praises all day long. Thank you again from my whole family, [redacted]

This feedback is especially poignant for the team as our own Kirsty was inspired to be a midwife by the care she received when she had her own children!

#FullCircle #Midwifery #Continuity #Homebirth

Room at the inn

‪Taking inspirations from another special family (pictured) the team were delighted to support this family experience their first out of hospital birth- no stable required.

It was especially poignant for the named midwife who not only supports the family through pregnancy, labour and birth but had cared for the family twice before, before as a community midwife before joining the team.

#HomebirthJustHappened #HomeWaterbirth #Continuity @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 ‬

Support and Encouragement

This lovely mummy is a good friend to one of our team members providing her with support and encouragement when she decided to train as a midwife.

Seven years later it was the midwives privilege to return the favour and support and encourage her friend through pregnancy and birth!