All births are special but it is a real privilege to support one of our wonderful @RSCH_Maternity colleagues through pregnancy, labour and postnatally.
Her beautiful week old daughter being held by named midwife Lucy C
On Saturday we had the privilege of supporting the most incredible first time parents as they laboured at #home.
We also had the welcomed addition of the cutest #DoulaDog to the support team.
Over the weekend the team supported this first time mum welcome her baby earthside at #home #HomebirthJustHappened
Dear Kirsty, Caroline, Lucy and Lucy,
A huge thank you to all of you for all of your amazing support throughout my pregnancy and birth.
Despite not going completely to plan we enjoyed being at home for 90% of it! We would certainly opt for a homebirth again if we had another baby (although [redacted] says that was definitely our last!).
Lots of love [redacted]
“ I am youth, I am joy, I am a little bird that has broken out of the egg”- Peter Pan, J M Barrie
The team were privileged to support this incredible mother as her and her husband calmly welcomed another chick to join their nest. #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens
We are delighted to share this birth announcement from last week (one of our Wednesday hat trick!).
As you can see the team had a little help from a friendly stork as they supported this experienced family welcome their baby earthside at #home for a second time #HomebirthJustHappened #RepeatCustomer #RainbowBaby
We are delighted to be able to finally share our 2019 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 2019 we were responsible for the care of 203 pregnant women and their families.
Of these families 32% birthed their first baby, 42% birthed their second, while 26% birthed their third or subsequent baby
92% of our entire caseload experienced a vaginal birth and 82% knew the midwife who was caring for them in labour.
133 (66%) of our caseload used water in labour (hydrotherapy) with 50% (n=101) remaining in the water as they birthed their baby (waterbirth).
We welcomed 99 girls and 104 boys in to the world.
From our original caseload (n=203) 73% (n=148) of families planned to give birth at home with the Surrey Hills team at the onset of established labour. The remaining 55 families (27%) 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.
Of the 148 families who planned to give birth at home at the onset of labour 82% achieved their planned birth at home (n=121). 18% (n=27) experienced an in labour transfer to an alternative place of birth, while 3% (n=5) were transferred in the immediate postnatal period.
95% of the clients that birthed at home had a physiological (natural) birth of the placenta with optimal cord clamping.
*please note that there have been some changes to our service in 2020 due to Covid 19 pandemic. Please talk to a team member or read the Covid 19 page for more details