The number of expectant mothers and their families choosing to give birth in the comfort of their own homes is on the rise in the Kingston area. Midwives from the Homebirth team at Kingston Hospital are helping to make these experiences as comfortable as possible for mums-to-be and their loved ones.
Kingston Hospital’s Homebirth team delivered their first baby of 2017 on New Year’s Day at 2:37pm in the home of parents Olga and Clayton. Olga, an Occupational Therapist originally from Spain, gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Caio with the help and support of Kingston Hospital midwives Amanda and Hazel.
Olga felt comfortable and confident enough with the team that she could have a homebirth. She said: “Having our second child in the comfort of our own home has been an experience we will always cherish. The care, support and advice we received from the Homebirth team at Kingston Hospital was outstanding. I felt very safe throughout my labour and empowered by Amanda, who managed to gain my unconditional trust in a split second.”
The Kingston Hospital Homebirth team work closely with Homebirth Kingston, a support group for people interested in having their baby at home. National research has shown that when a mother’s first baby is born naturally, it is just as safe for her to have her next baby at home as it is in hospital. Families who choose homebirth are well supported by a specialist team of midwives from the maternity unit at Kingston Hospital, who build a strong and trusting relationship the family.
Jo Pitcher, Homebirth Team Leader at Kingston Hospital, said: "Supporting a woman during a homebirth is a really unique experience, as you really feel that you’re empowering them to make informed decisions and have the birth they desire. It’s a very personal time, and the one-to-one care we’re able to give to a family we’ve come to know, as we watch them become parents, is very special."
Kingston Hospital believes it is important that women are able to give birth in the place of their choosing. And Being in the privacy if their own home, with one-to-one support from a midwife they know and trust, and no travelling whilst they are in labour make homebirth an attractive choice for many women.
Gina Brockwell, Director of Midwifery at the Maternity Unit in Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have an exceptional team of midwives here at Kingston, who make a massive difference to the families they care. I’m delighted that Olga and Clayton experienced the personalised service of our Homebirth Team. Our maternity unit is always very busy, so having some women give birth at home is also excellent for the hospital, as it lightens the load for the midwives on the unit.”
To find out more about Homebirth in Kingston visit www.kingstonmaternity.org.uk/giving-birth