Myth-busting: There’s no pain relief at home

Myth: There’s no pain relief available at homebirths

Truth: There’s a variety of pain relief options available for use at home, both natural and pharmacological.

These options are discussed in more detail during your initial chat with the team and during the homebirth advisory appointment.

Many Mums choose to use TENS in during their latent phase or early labour, which they purchase or hire themselves.

Lots of our clients also choose to hire birth pools which can be very effective in supporting labour. In 2019, 133 Mums used pools in their labours. Baths and even showers can also be ways of utilising water in labour.

As a Team, we carry Entonox or “Gas and Air”, which is available for women to use in labour. Many women find this very effective as a next step from using TENS or water.

We can also arrange a prescription of Meptid for women who would like this option. Like Pethidine, Meptid is an Opioid injection but is less strong. It can be very effective in the first stage of labour, particularly during a long latent phase where it can aid rest.

Myth-busting- Is Homebirth Messy?

Question:
Is Homebirth messy?

Answer:
No

We make sure the families under our care feel prepared for their labour and birth. At 36 weeks we will arrange a Homebirth Advisory appointment with you, where we discuss in detail your plans and preferences, and the equipment you might like to use ( read more about equipment and supplies here)

We recommend the use of waterproof coverings such as decorating sheets or shower curtains to protect soft furnishings. Absorbent pads are also advised. Cover with towels or blankets to make this lovely and cosy.

Many of our clients will choose to use a pool for their labour. Use of the pool’s disposable liner and submergible pump makes tidying up very simple.

If you would prefer not to keep your placenta, the homebirth team can take it away and arrange its disposal.

If you have any other questions about home birth or would like further information contact the Surrey Hills Team at rsch.homebirth.referrals@nhs.net

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#FridayFeedback

“Hello home birth team,

Just wanted to write to say a huge thank you to all the home birth team ladies I was cared for by throughout my pregnancy. Although I had a few changes throughout due to Anna going on maternity and Covid I felt so well supported by every member of the team that I came into contact with…which I think was pretty much all the team in the end!


Following my positive Group B Strep diagnosis I had a difficult decision to make as to whether to continue with the home birth, and felt Kirsty helped me, in a completely impartial way, to understand my options and decide on a course of action that was right for me.

It all worked out for the best as I had a really special birth experience in the pool at the Royal Surrey though ended up losing quite a bit of blood after the birth so no doubt would have had to transfer in if I had of given birth at home.

The calls with Caroline and Lucy after bringing my baby home were really valuable for me to just be able to check in that everything was on track.


There weren’t homebirth team clinics running for my five and ten day appointments so I saw two different midwives for these. Though they were lovely midwives, it made me realise how lucky I had been to have considerable continuity of care during the antenatal period and how valuable this is.


Thank you to all the team for all that you do – we are very lucky to have you!

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Surrey Hills Client May 2020