Here are a few useful links, which may be of interest to you whether or not you think home birth is the right choice for you: - The Positive Birth Movement: http://www.positivebirthmovement.org - Tell Me a Good Birth Story is a database of positive birth stories, and they can put you in touch with a 'birth buddy' who is matched according to your needs/context and can help support you in your choices: http://tellmeagoodbirthstory.com

See below for some information about the support available locally from the brilliant Community Midwives at East Surrey, and here's a link to their website: http://www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-of-services/maternit…

 

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Hello, my name is Babs Haiselden and I am a midwife. I am the lead for the homebirth team. We make up a team of core midwives and the community midwives. This means that there is a core midwife based at the hospital and the community midwives rotate into the unit to become the other half of the homebirth team. This allows for two midwives to attend a homebirth. I would like to add here that I have a very dedicated team. The option of a homebirth will be discussed at your booking appointment. Your midwife will then refer you to the homebirth team or you can refer yourself. We are always happy to hear from you even if it is just to find out about what a homebirth entails.

There is a SASH website with our contact details or you can speak to your midwife or NCT lead. When we have a referral we make contact to inform you that we will visit you in your home from thirty four weeks of your pregnancy. This visit includes a risk assessment, guidance, information and a discussion of your birth ideas and where in the house you wish to have your baby. This empowers you to make informed choices. Birthing I believe is a partnership where we work together to help you achieve the birth experience you would like and like all partnerships honesty and openness is vital so that the best individualised care can be planned for you. We continue to see you at home for your antenatal checks until you deliver. This fits in with the team’s ethos that we should continue to see you in the environment where you hope to have your baby.

Why choose a home birth? You are in an environment that you feel comfortable in. Familiar surroundings help you feel in control. Home is a place where you feel safe and relaxed. All these help promote normal birth. It may be you had a good experience with a previous delivery in hospital and feel home is the best place next time or it may be that it was a difficult experience and you think home would be best next time. The cosiness and familiarity of being at home surrounded by the people you wish to be there and the midwives dedicated to caring for you can be the most wonderful and fulfilling of experiences. Caring for the women and their families, listening to the different birth experiences and striving to make their first or subsequent birth the best it can be is what makes my job as a midwife so satisfying and worthwhile.

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