BIRTH

USEFUL ARTICLES, APPROVED BY PROFESSIONAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS.

Our amazing birthing body working in total synchronicity! “The hormones that make birth happen, also prepare us for breastfeeding and mother-infant attachment” – Dr Sarah Buckley Our birthing ho...

By Barbara Hanrahan – SACPE course developer Much is written on understanding pain and pain relief in labour. When new mothers are asked to describe the pain they felt in labour there are a variety ...

It is very important to have attended childbirth education classes together, to have been taught various techniques to cope with labour. Also the crucial issue is to have communicated about both of yo...

One of the scariest images for a pregnant dad is the thought of having to deliver your own baby in the car! So the second she announces she thinks she might be in labour, you want to bundle her straig...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Hettie Grove – Advanced midwife, SA certified perinatal educator, SA certified lactation consultant Everything in life comes with an instructio...

By Barbara Hanrahan – Nursing sister and midwife, SA certified perinatal educator course develop and facilitator, masters in midwifery Foetal breathing movements have been identified as early as 11 ...

Storing your baby’s stem cells at birth is a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect your family against serious illness or disease. It is important that all families are fully informed on the ben...

By Jennifer Van der Laan – www.birthingnaturally.net – childbirth educator and doula Few women go into labour realising that the strongest comfort measure is the love and encouragement of those su...

(This article is also available in an audio format) The buzz word in maternity care circles is informed choice! But how often are women exhorted to make an informed decision? How many times do these w...

How to use the listings of Childbirth Educators on the following pages The childbirth educators listings are divided into provinces They are highlighted under which area they teach – areas appear in...

(This article is also available in an audio format) #WhatWouldBabyChoose If your pregnancy is healthy, it is best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Staying pregnant to full term, or 40 weeks, is...

Often people think a hospital is a hospital and that they are all the same – this is not the case. Have a look around and tour different hospitals and see which hospital offers you what you are look...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Barbara Hanrahan – midwife and educator, SA certified perinatal education course developer and coordinator Childbirth is not an illness. Neithe...

A birth story is about the day your life changed forever – the day you became a mother, your partner became a father, your parents became grandparents, your siblings became aunts and uncles. A day y...

(This article is also available in an audio format) No one cares more about your baby than you, its parents – therefore you are the ones who should be making informed decisions on behalf of your bab...

The baby clinic should be a friendly, non-threatening environment for parents to receive advice and reassurance – a meeting place, support system and an information centre. Guidance and advice o...

“Birth is a day you will never forget. A day that will transform you, your baby and your family. I have had the opportunity to be with women and men to celebrate their greatest joys. I have had the ...

“The Right Choice can give you a memorable birthing experience as well as the best start to parenting.”   A = Ask questions and more questions till it makes sense to you and you feel you have...

By Megan Faure  Occupational therapist – co-author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense, Feeding Sense   Sleep is absolutely critical to your health. It rejuvenates your mind and repairs your body. For cent...

  Jaundice   Your cute baby has finally arrived with his perfect little ten fingers and ten toes, and then suddenly two or three days later this very kissable soft skin has this strange yell...

By Nicolette Ferreira Images of long-legged, delicate storks delivering babies in tied-up little bundles have been associated with babies and birth for years. This idea originates from European cultur...

What type of Delivery should I have? By Michele Hlava – Nursing sister, midwife, audiologist, behavioural optometrist Often, I have had to tell my patients about the pros and cons of the type of del...

By Barbara Hanrahan – Midwife and Educator. Childbirth is not an illness. Neither does the birth of every baby have to be a medical procedure. Fit, healthy women can have the choice of being active ...

(This article is also available in an audio format) Birth is normal, natural and healthy Women are made to birth The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families Create good birthin...

The hospital where you birth plays an important part in your first step to parenting. The staff and the philosophy of the maternity ward can make your start to family life either blissfully wonderful ...

By Barbara Hanrahan – midwife and educator Most women already have a gynaecologist by the time they fall pregnant. The question is do you know what you want from your birth experience? This is a sen...

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