You are invited…

This summer the team is celebrating its 8th anniversary of providing a #NHS #continuity #Caseloading #Homebirth service for families booked with @RSCH_Maternity

If you are planning to birth with us or if you have been supported by the team in the past come along and help us celebrate!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1029928650531003/?ti=icl

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The dance of birth

The team had the pleasure of supporting these wonderful first time parents as they birthed their baby boy at home in the pool

Team Stats 2018

We are delighted to be able to finally share our 2018 stats with you.

The Surrey Hills Homebirth team 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.

In 2018 we were responsible for the care of 190 pregnant women and their families (6.3% of 2998 registrable births supported by Royal Surrey Maternity in 2018).

Of these families 27% birthed their first baby and 73 % had had at least one child before.

We welcomed 99 girls and 91 boys in to the world.

From our caseload of 190 clients, 135 (71%) families planned to give birth at home with the Surrey Hills team at the onset of established labour.

The remaining 55 families opted for an alternative place of birth. This change in planned place of birth occurred for a number of different reasons including consent to Induction of Labour, the development of situations/conditions which recommended a hospital based birth and moving out of area.

79% of our caseload (n=190) knew the midwife who was caring for them in labour.

Of the 135 families who planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 97.1% had a vaginal birth.

24 of our clients experienced an in labour transfer (17.8%) to an alternative place of birth. 111 families birthed their babies at home as planned (82.3 %). 3 of our families were transferred in the immediate postnatal period (2.2%).

Altogether 27 families (20%) were transferred during birth or in the immediate postnatal period.

Of the 135 families that planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 98% used hydrotherapy (birthing pool) with 71 births (63% of our home births) occurring in the water.

95% of the clients that birthed at home had a physiological (natural) birth of the placenta with optimal cord clamping.

Keeping in touch

Did you know that in addition to this blog we also have accounts on twitter (www.twitter.com/birthhills) and Instagram (Surreyhillshomebirth)?

Like here, we use the platforms to share information about #homebirth and our continuity team model, as well as birth stories and #homebirth inspiration

Hello My Name Is Jodie

Hello my name is Jodie. I’ve been a member of the Surrey Hills Home Birth Team since November 2017.

I was lucky enough to have some experience with the team as a student midwife and I fell in love with the continuity model of care. I’m now lucky enough to work alongside some of the same amazing midwives.

I enjoy caring for women and families throughout every part of their journey, getting to know them and building a trusting relationship. My aim is to empower them to have a positive birth experience, individualised to their own wants and needs.

The team is an incredible place to work, providing continuity of carer has a hugely positive impact on the experience of those we care for, but is also greatly rewarding for those who are lucky enough to provide it.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

Hello My Name Is Heather

Hello my name is Heather and I have worked at the RSCH since 2015.

After rotating in the maternity unit I took a role as the named midwife at a local GP surgery, working the remainer of my hours in the MLU. This gave me a first taste of providing continuity as I was lucky enough to look after some of my community ladies when they came to have their babies in the hospital.

I moved to the homebirth team in April 2018 furthering the opportunity to build relationships whilst caring for clients during their pregnancy, labour and afterwards. Seeing a baby arrive into the world never loses its wonder and supporting women to birth at home is truly magical.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums (see Events) or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you

Hello My Name Is Caroline

Hello my name is Caroline and I have been a member of the homebirth team since the end of 2015.

I’ve always had an interest in physiological birth and in facilitating informed decision making and I’ve been lucky to be able to utilise these passions. Over my seventeen year career I have worked predominantly within the community and within the Midwifery Led Unit.

It was after the births of my second and third babies at home, with Tanya as my named midwife, that I was inspired to join the homebirth team.

I am extremely grateful that although I work part time I am still able to work within this amazing continuity model alongside some phenomenal women-mothers and midwives.

When I’m not working within the continuity model I also enjoy providing evidence based information and supporting choice to the wider maternity population through facilitating antenatal education classes and creating content for the Maternity Facebook page, and our teams social media accounts.

If you would like to learn more about the team and birthing your baby in your own home come along to one of the team’s informal forums or contact the team to arrange a chat in the comfort of your own home rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

#HelloMyNameIs #MeetTheTeam #SurreyHillsTeam #SurreyHillsHomebirthTeam #Homebirth #Continuity #Caseloading #Choice #Support you