Another farewell for the team in the passed week – we have loved supporting this couple in their journey to parenthood for the first time. Through antenatal care and early labour care at home, to then supporting them in welcoming their little boy earthside at The Royal Surrey, and continuing with postnatal care at home. This brilliant image was drawn by a close friend to represent their birth story! #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens
It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, with Covid restrictions and the temporary suspension of the team having a impact on this half years statistics.
83 clients were cared for within our caseload during this period. This includes those clients who were impacted by the temporary suspension of the team due to covid.
Out of these 83 clients, 89% of their babies were breastfeeding or receiving breastmilk at discharge to the health visitors.
52 of these clients changed their planned place of birth prior to the start of active labour – 25 of these were due to the covid suspension. Of these 25 Mums, 14 were still cared for by the team at The Royal Surrey. Additionally we have seen a change from a midwifery led caseload to a mixed caseload with a higher number of clients (24%) joining the caseload having consultant input in their pregnancies.
31 clients from the total caseload were still intending to birth their babies at home at the start of active labour. Of these mothers, 100% had vaginal births, and 84% were cared for by a midwife they knew.
Of these 31 mothers who started labour at home:
5 required transfer in labour, 3 required postnatal transfer (Transfer rate of 26%).
76% had physiological third stages with optimal cord clamping
58% of the births that occurred at home, happened in the pool. A further 10% of clients who laboured at home used the pool for pain relief.
Surrey Hills homebirth team provide a continuity model of care to families planning to birth their babies at home.
Our clients are allocated a named midwife who provides the majority of their antenatal care. Towards the end of pregnancy clients are provided with the opportunity to meet the other members of the team, increasing the likelihood that they will know one or both midwives who attend their labour at home.
The team also continues to provide care in the postnatal period until they handover of care to your Health Visiting teams and GP.
In 2019, 82% of our clients knew the midwife who cared for them in labour.
A Cochrane review of 15 trials, involving 17,674 women, compared women who received continuity of midwifery care with shared or medically led care.
The results found continuity of midwifery care was associated with significant benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects. Findings demonstrated Women who received continuity of midwifery care were…
19% less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks
16% less likely to have a late pregnancy loss (after 24 weeks)
24% less likely to experience a preterm birth (birth prior to 37 weeks)
15% less likely to have regional analgesia (Epidural)
7 x More likely to know their midwife in labour
16% less likely to have an episiotomy
If you would like to learn more about birthing your baby at home contact us at email@example.com
Hello my name is Becca and I have joined the Surrey Hills Homebirth Team in June 2020.
I am so excited to join this team of dedicated midwives. I know that continuity of care and caseloading are the safest and most gratifying experiences I can give to the family’s I care for.
I grew up in a very busy household (7 brothers and 1 sister!!). Having planned to give birth at home with her fourth baby, my mum has always talked about having a friendly familiar face throughout all of her later pregnancies and how this improved her relationship and trust in her self and her midwife who she still remembers fondly all these years later.
I started my training in 2014 in Worcester and since qualifying I have worked in Somerset and in Essex. I am now looking forward to coming home to the beautiful Surrey hills with my husband.
I am looking forward to individualising my care for you to create your perfect pregnancy, blissful birthing environment and fabulous first days at home with your newborn.