#FridayFeedback

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]

Stork

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

Team Stats 2019

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

Swift

‪This little fella was in such a hurry to arrive earthside that he couldn’t wait a moment longer and birthed speedily in to his fathers hands before anyone else could arrive!

His mummy had this to say about his arrival…

“Where do I even begin…Wilbur Robin Alfred Ruocco was born at home on Friday 1st May, delivered by his very own Daddy. (I think this is the only time Mike has taken a selfie 🤳)! This experience has completely transformed me and I feel so grateful for all that I have.

Thank you Wilbur for doing it exactly as I had hoped, and for giving me such a positive experience in a time of strangeness. I owe you a lot little fella.

My care from the home birth team came quite late into the pregnancy as we had moved to the area when I was 33 weeks, but instantly the team made you feel very welcome.

The opportunity to meet you all has made such a huge difference to my mindset and knowing I had the support of you all made me feel at complete ease.

It has been first class, you are a fantastic group of women who have turned my experience of birth into such a positive one. You have supported my decisions and fulfilled me with absolute confidence and calmness, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.”

Homebirth transfer


We decided to plan for a homebirth for our second baby after a very fast labour following a induction (which I found out I was having the day before!) at 36wks with my daughter in May 2018.

We had fantastic midwifes at the rsch and overall, despite the circumstances it was an incredibly positive birthing experience.

Due to the fast labour and me wanting to try and use water in labour this time around we opted to transfer to the homebirth team at around 16weeks.

Having all the appointments in the comfort of our own home was amazing, our daughter was always so interested in everything that was going on and she always got very excited when I told her Emily was coming to see us and listen to her baby sister!

My pregnancy went by so fast and after a few extra growth scans due to the condition I had in my previous pregnancy (not enough amniotic fluid) 37 weeks came and I was still pregnant, fluid levels were fine,I had collected the birth pool and most things on the list (including lots of biscuits!) so a homebirth was officially on the cards.

Saturday 22nd Feb came, 37weeks and 4 days pregnant and while on a dog walk I had to keep stopping and breathing while holding onto trees! These Braxton hicks are strong… and becoming quite regular.

When we got home I realised that I was in fact in labour! My

husband assembled the crib while I sat on the bed watching peppa pig with my daughter, it suddenly dawned on me this was the end of our time as just the three of us, which made me very emotional!

I called the team around 8pm and while on the phone to Lucy I noticed my waters were leaking, she said she would come over. My husband took the dogs and our daughter to my parents house while I bounced on the ball and tried to stay calm and breathe through the contractions.

Lucy arrived and checked baby’s heart rate which was all fine, then she checked my blood pressure.

My blood pressure had been a little bit raised at points during my pregnancy, only when I was in the hospital. It was put down as white coat syndrome and nothing to worry about. However this time at home it was incredibly high, all three times it was taken it was high. Lucy advised that I should transfer to rsch as I may need medicine to lower my blood pressure. I already had a ‘birth bag’ packed for myself and the baby so my husband for some bits together, I packed the 5 packs of biscuits I’d bought and we all agreed and as we live so close to the hospital an ambulance would take longer so we got in the car and drove, Lucy followed.

In the car my husband asked me if I was disappointed we wouldn’t be having the baby at home, and I can honestly say I wasn’t. I felt so supported and I knew throughout my pregnancy that things could change which would be out of my control and ultimately my aim was to birth my baby safely and calmly – if that was in my dining room or at the hospital.

Caroline was at the hospital already and had got the room ready. As I would need continuous monitoring a water birth was off the cards, but I wanted to try and be as mobile as possible so we got the birth ball and a mat and I set myself up on the floor with some gas and air. My husband put some music on and I sprayed some of my room spray I’d bought from home. I was examined shortly after Lucy handed me over to a lovely midwife at the hospital called Denise, and was surprised to find out I was 5/6cm dilated. However we discovered that baby had decided to turn the other way and had gone back to back, My contractions continued to ramp up and around midnight I felt the urge to push. I was examined again and was still 5/6cm. I felt a little disheartened at this point, Denise explained to me that due to the shape of a baby’s head and her being back to back, that her pressing down on my cervix was making me feel like I needed to push- but I couldn’t. Once she explained this to me, I knew we still had a while to go so got myself back in the zone and we agreed to start me on the hormone drip.

A couple of hours later Denise went on her break, she joked and said ‘make sure I don’t miss it’ and I began vomiting. Andrea who took over from Denise went to get me some anti sickness medicine.

As soon as she left I felt the intense urge to push, I put my hand down and felt the baby’s head coming out! My husband pulled the emergency cord and the midwife came rushing back with a student midwife and got the delivery pack and got on the floor. She held baby’s head until my next contraction when I pushed and our second daughter was born! I couldn’t believe she was here, we had immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping while I was still laying on a mat on the floor! My husband was sat on the hospital bed in tears (of relief as well as happiness I think!) I opted for the injection to help deliver the placenta, which came around 5 minutes later.

After an hour or so I got onto the bed and baby was rooting so I put her to the breast and she started to feed immediately. Denise then came back from her break! She couldn’t believe she’d missed all the action!

Baby was born at 3am and we went down to the postnatal ward at about 5am, had some breakfast and were discharged home at lunch time! I was pleased I remembered to bring all the biscuits that we’d bought for the homebirth into hospital so I tucked into them!

Lucy came round the following day and it was so lovely to see a familiar face. Emily came on day 5 and again, having someone who knew me and my family was so lovely. Especially postnatally, when hormones are all over the place. I would recommend the homebirth team to anyone. Although I didn’t meet the whole team, those I did meet were so lovely and friendly. I felt completely and utterly supported throughout my pregnancy, my labour and postnatally. The whole experience has been so so positive I can’t thank them all enough!

Surrey Hills Client February 2020

Warm welcome

It’s such a joy to be welcomed by all members of the family!

Last week we were delighted to be able to support this family as they birthed their little boy in to the world in #water #VBAC #namedmidwife #continuity #BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens @RSCH_Maternity #choice

Blue Celebration

‪On Saturday night we had the pleasure and privilege of supporting this amazing mum as she birthed her little boy in to the world at home in the pool supported by her named midwife while his two big sisters slept soundly upstairs.

#HomebirthJustHappened #continuity @RSCH_Maternity ‬

Ten little toes

Is there anything cuter than baby feet?

This little lady certainly kept the team on their toes and add a little excitement to their New Year’s Eve when she decided to arrive feet and bottom first! Despite the surprise this strong mother birthed her baby beautifully and safely in to the world.