Patience and Perseverance

This amazing first time mum coped brilliantly all through a long latent phase before transfering in for further monitoring. She then had a gorgeous pool birth with one of our wonderful @RSCH_Maternity colleagues

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The plan

Things don’t always go according to plan during pregnancy or birth.

Medical complications meant that a homebirth was no longer on the cards for this incredible couple, so on Saturday they birthed their beautiful baby boy at the Royal Surrey County Hospital supported by their named Surrey Hills midwife.

Full of Grace

Another brilliantly busy start to the week with two mums birthing their babies at home on Monday. Meanwhile another strong mummy, supported by the team and cared for by our lovely @RSCH_Maternity colleagues, birthed her baby this morning! #Continuity #Teamwork #choice

Familiar Faces

Many of you may remember that NHS England attended one of our forums at the end of 2017 in order to make a film about #BetterBirths and the importance of #continuity. They finally released the video! It’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Ask Us About…Positioning and Attachment

Ask your midwife about how to tell if your baby is positioned and attached well and is getting enough milk.

Good positioning and attachment at the breast is extremely important. Effective attachment ensures that your baby gets enough milk at each feed and that your milk supply is stimulated. It also prevents sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts and mastitis.

While you can’t see how much milk your baby is drinking at each feed there are lots of signs that show that your baby is attached well and getting enough milk.

Talk to your midwife in pregnancy about effective breastfeeding or come along to one of our antenatal breastfeeding classes. If you’ve already had your baby talk to your midwife about a breastfeeding assessment.

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#EveryDropCounts #NoseToNipple #SkinToSkin #Oxytocin #Prolactin #Mastitis #SoreNipples #CHIN

Pregnancy Advice Line

One of the first exciting #BetterBirths developments to come out of the Surrey Heartlands partnership is a brand new dedicated maternity advice line.

Launching on the 9th of April, the advice line will be staffed by experienced midwives who’s responsibility it will be to provide a dedicated service 24/7.

Freeing up other midwives to give clinical care, this phone line will allow maternity clients to access the advice and support they need in a timely way.

This may include answering your pregnancy questions, supporting you at home early labour and arranging transfer to your chosen place of birth and a midwife available 24hrs a day to offer feeding and newborn advice.