CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

USEFUL ARTICLES, APPROVED BY PROFESSIONAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS.

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

“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 ...

A childbirth educator is a professional who you can trust to give you a balanced view on the reality of pregnancy and labour. Her teaching philosophy should be “freedom of choice based on the knowle...

It is a funny phrase in a way – but so apt – “You don’t know what you don’t know”. Many pregnant moms and dads are missing out on essential information that is vital in order to make i...

Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary A News release in April 2015 by the World Health Organisation said that caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in t...

With regular vaccinations, baby weigh-ins, the sleepless nights and constant feedings, mums the world over would agree that they have enough on their plate. However, many South African parents remain ...

By CAPFSA (Child accident prevention foundation of SA)   From the beginning of a child’s life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. A safe surrounding for nursery...

Pregnancy is often a time during which a great deal of care is taken to ensure that the health of the developing child is fully considered. Most expectant mothers stop drinking alcohol (or smoking), l...

By Barbara Hanrahan – Nursing sister and midwife, masters in midwifery, SA certified perinatal course developer Do you know you can have a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean birth? (VBAC)? Res...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Hettie Grove – Nursing sister, advanced midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator, internationally certified lactation consultant,...

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 Dr Welma Lubbe – Author of Prematurity adjusting your dream, www.littlesteps.co.za Premature birth means a baby is born before 37 weeks of the pregnancy is completed and in South Africa this occu...

Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. Unlike viral meningitis, it can potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the f...

Giving a baby medication is not an easy task for a mother. Not many babies just sit there with their mouth’s open waiting to swallow the often not so pleasant tasting mixture. A more skilled approac...

Fever in itself is not detrimental, but rather a normal physiological response to infection or illness. Although it is often associated with a self-limiting viral infection in children, it may also be...

(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...

It’s amazing how much time parents spend inspecting babies’ nappies! You tend to worry that your baby’s poo is the wrong colour or texture, or that he’s pooing too often, or no...

As a nation that enjoys the great outdoors, South Africans often share their outdoor spaces with creatures that may be rather dangerous to humans. This is especially true of creatures of the creepy cr...

By Nicolette Ferriera A personal challenge that I am facing at the moment is the question of when to put your baby in a ‘big bed’ for the first time. Not only when, but how?! The very idea makes m...

By Nicolette Ferreira Sushi (hmmm!), biltong, camembert… mayonnaise, chocolate mousse, soft scrambled eggs… These are just some of the foods that women are often told to avoid during pregnancy. In...

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...

By Nicolette Ferreira. What?! Does Erica have a baby? When did this happen? She wasn’t pregnant a week ago? I am staring at Erica who has the tiniest baby strapped securely to her chest. Erica could...

By Nicolette Ferreira. Whether or not to take antidepressants, mood stabilisers or other psychiatric medicines during pregnancy (hereafter I will only refer to antidepressants for the sake of simplici...

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...

Your childbirth educator is an important person in your life – she is the person who can bring balance and knowledge into your experience. Every pregnancy and birth is special and unique, so it is i...

By Merlyn Glass – Genetic nurse counsellor – NHLS University of Witwatersrand. Genetic Counsellors attend to people who either have an inherited or genetic condition themselves, or have had a baby...

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 ...

By Dr Nicoletta Hay – Paediatrician Morningside Clinic One’s first pregnancy is an extremely exciting time – but also a time when so many decisions need to be made. One of these is about the...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Dr. Alan Adno – Gynaecologist and Obstetrician – Parklane Clinic The Obstetrician together with other maternity professionals, i.e. m...

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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