Worth the wait

After a long labour at home this amazing couple welcomed their beautiful daughter in to the world with the support of our amazing colleagues at the Royal Surrey.

She was definitely worth the wait!

#BirthIsAmazingWhereverItHappens

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Making an entrance

It was an absolute privilege to support these first time parents at the weekend as they brought their little boy in to the world.

He may have had his own birth plan but mum and dad adapted with calm, grace and aplomb #birthisamazingwhereverithappens @RSCH_Maternity

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.

What if…?

What if things don’t go to plan?

What if we need to transfer to hospital?

Overwhelming the feedback we get following a transfer to hospital is positive with many parents planning to #homebirth with the team again if they have another pregnancy.

This feedback (shared with permission) was shared on our Instagram ( SurreyHillsHomeBirth) in response to the Infographic of our November stats #transfer