“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
Over night the team, and more specifically the named midwife, were delighted to once again support these parents as they welcomed their third baby in to the world, their second at #Home with the team and the same named midwife #Continuity #HomebirthJustHappened
Royal Surrey Stars Patient Choice nomination 2019:
“This team has gone above and beyond any expectation/norms for me and my family. The ladies helped me to have the birth I always wanted whilst trying to overcome PTSD post previous birth I have struggled with for the past 10 years.
I have my life back because of their dedication, love and care. I am forever indebted to Laura, Emily, Tanya plus all of the Jasmine team for giving my life back again. Without their exceptional professional care and incredible patience I would not be the woman I am today.
My deepest thanks go out to Laura for being my amazing support throughout the pregnancy and delivery the baby and Emily for staying with us post birth and being our rock.”
Surrey Hills Client AMP
Due to the popularity of our previously published stats the Jodie has put together the stats for the third quarter (July- September 2019) of this year.
In the third quarter of 2019 the team were responsible for case-loading the care of 42 woman. We work within a continuity caseloading model which means that we continue to care for our clients throughout their childbearing journey, even if plans or place of birth change along the way.
74% of our entire caseload were cared for in labour by a midwife they had met before and all women who birthed at home were cared for by a member of the Surrey Hills team.
From this caseload of 42 women, 66.7 % (n=28) still intending to birth at home at the start of their labours, while 14 women (33.3%) changed their intended place of birth before labour started for various reasons including; consenting to an Induction of Labour (n=8) and planned/elective Caesarean birth (n=3).
23 members of our caseload (82%) birthed their babies at home as planned, while 17.8 % (n=5) transferred in labour to the Royal Surrey for further care/support in labour. Two members (7.14%) of our caseload transferred to the Royal Surrey in the immediate postnatal period.
All of the mums who started their labour’s at home had a vaginal birth!
61% (n=26) of our total caseload used water to support them in their labours (hydrotherapy), while 47.6% (n=20) birthed their baby in the water (waterbirth).
We were privileged to welcomed 19 girls and 23 boys in to the world and to support their parents in the first crucial weeks of parenthood.
If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby at home, and you live within our catchment, come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a 1-2-1 chat in the privacy of your own home at firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Surrey Start Award, Patient Choice nomination 2019:
“The home birth team are an amazing support to women and families. For the first time I have felt that all of the midwives I met have made a personal connection with me, worked with and listened rather than advise from a purely clinical point of view.
They put me at ease before, during and after birth and helped to make giving birth a. Even more extra special experience. I appreciated their post birth support and looked forward to their visits.
They provided reassurance and a safe space to talk about any concerns. It felt like talking to family.
The continuity in care they provided by having a names midwife really shouldn’t be underestimated. Almost makes me want to have another baby to see them again…almost!”
Nominated by Surrey Hills Client SB
Nomination for Royal Surrey Stars Award 2019:
“The team provide midwifery support to all families expecting a baby who are interested in having their baby at home. They are a small team who cover a huge area and they constantly go above and beyond to ensure that families receive the care they need.
I had my first baby at home and it could not have been a more positive experience and that is down to the advice and support given by the team throughout my pregnancy as well as during my labour, delivery and postnatal care.
They all deserve praise and recognition for all the incredible work they do every day of the year.”
Nominated by Surrey Hills Client LC
We were absolutely delighted to have received three Patients Choice nominations for the Royal Surrey’s Star Awards.
While we haven’t been short listed on this occasion it is wonderful to have been nominated.
We truly appreciate the time you take out of your busy lives to provide us with feedback either through formal arrangements like the Star Awards, Friends and Families, or less formally via the beautiful cards you send and your attendance at our forums. Your support is amazing x
We will be sharing the nominations over the next few weeks via our #FeedbackFriday feature.