November Stats: Transfers

Following on from our November stats we would like to show you in more detail why not all of our caseload’s babies were born at home.

The more research you do in to #homebirth the more you will discover that transfer rates and the reasons for transfer, aren’t quiet what you might imagine.

In November 28 of our caseload birthed their babies.

Six changed their planned place of birth from home to the Royal Surrey County Hospital prior to the onset of labour. Five consented to an induction of labour (18%) and one to an elective caesarean birth(3.5 %).

22 of our clients were planning to birth at home at the onset of their labours. Of these mums 18 went on to birth at home as planned, while four (18%) transferred in to hospital during the course of their labours.

Two transferred for additional analgesia (9%), one (4.5%)for meconium (baby’s first bowel movement) stained liquor (waters) and one (4.5%) for prolonged 2nd (pushing) stage of labour.

Because we are a #continuity case loading team we continue to care for our clients even if plans change along the way.

We hope that you find this information when exploring your birth place options and making decisions about your birth plan.

If you are planning to birth your baby with the Royal Surrey and would like to explore your birth place options we would be delight to talk things then with you.

You can either come to one of our informal “meet the homebirth team” mornings ( see details of upcoming Forums here), email the team at tanya.ashton@nhs.net to arrange a no obligation home visit or request a referral from your current community midwife.

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Team Cheer

Huge thanks to the babies who stayed in long enough for us to enjoy our team Christmas meal last night.

We have had the most wonderful year supporting our caseload of incredible families and watching you bring new lives in to the world. What a privilege!

Homebirth Team Stats: November 2018

Jodie has done another wonderful job translating our stats in to a user friendly infographic.

November was a busy month with 28 of our caseload’s babies making their arrivals.

6 of our clients changed their place of birth prior to the start of their labour.

22 clients intended home as their baby’s place of birth at the start of labour and 82% (n=18) achieved their planned homebirth. Therefore our transfer rate in labour was 18 %(n=4).

72 % (n=13) of the homebirth’s took place in water with a further 5 clients using water during their labours only (use of water in labour 82%).

Mode of birth is presented for all clients cared for by the Surrey Hills team including those who’s place of birth changes prior to labour.

82 % (n=23) of the babies birthed in November were unassisted vaginal births.

3.5% (n=1) was born with Ventouse assistance.

3.5% (n=1) was born with the assistance of Forceps.

3.5 % (n=1) was born via an Elective Caesarean Birth.

7% (n=2) of the births took place via Emergency Caesarean. 1 baby (3.5%) was born via prior to the start of labour and the other (3.5%) during active labour.

Homebirth Team Stats:October 2018

The lovely Jodie has compiled our audit results and created this beautiful info graphic!

We are constantly auditing our outcomes but this is the first time we’ve shared them like this.

What do you think about the results?

Do you find it helpful to have access to this kind of information?

Do you find the infographic formate more accessible?

What kind of information would you like to know about the team?

We are hoping to share some more detailed October info with you in the coming weeks.

Little Letter Writer

September 2018____________________________________To Jodie, Laura, Tanya, Heather and Caroline, (special thanks to Laura, Tanya and Alisha). My mummy and daddy wanted me to say thank you for delivering me safely in to the world. Mummy keeps telling me how wonderful you all were when I was in her tummy. When I was nearly out I could hear you saying nice things to mummy so I knew she was doing really well! Daddy doesn’t stop talking about how well you looked after me and Mummy. It was really nice being at home and Mummy, Daddy and I being able to get in to our own bed after I got out of the big swimming pool. I really liked that you kept coming to visit me after I was born to make sure I was ok (I’m sorry for having a wee on your scales- I didn’t realise my nappy was off!). I know that it’s a good thing that you don’t have to visit me any more but I will miss you all lots. I’m not old enough to eat chocolate yet but Mummy and Daddy day its really nice so I wanted to get you some to say thank you. Lots of love, E

Thank you for this lovely card baby E. We were very privileged support your parents and be present at you birth.

Lots of love,

Surrey Hills Team