Love is in the air!

#love certainly was in the air over night as this family welcomed their second baby earthside supported by the team #oxytocin #homebirthjusthappened #continuity #choice #birthplace #BetterBirths @RSCH_Maternity

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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.

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.