In 1901 diabetes was virtually unknown in Southern Africa. Today, in 2017, about 15% of pregnant women present with symptoms of diabetes during pregnancy. Diabetes during pregnancy has risks. Mothers may experience weight gain, are more thirsty, and have a higher rate of infections, such as thrush or bladder or kidney infections. Often mothers present with frequent bronchitis or influenza, and may take a long time to recover during the pregnancy. When a pre-diabetic or diabetic mother needs a caesarian section for the birth of her baby, the wound is often infected and does not heal well. A mother may develop liver problems, called Continue reading
Welcome to Spiritual Birth!
We believe that women need to prepare for natural birth in every aspect of their lives, including the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical areas of their being. A woman deserves the right to choose her companions as well as where and how she will give birth to her child. Pregnancy and birth are normal life events for most women.To this end, interventions should be kept to a minimum wherever possible. A baby who is born gently and welcomed by warm, caring parents receives the best possible start in life. Women who are well prepared in their minds, bodies and spirits can experience birth as a profoundly moving and empowering event - a spiritual birth.
My father was a veterinary doctor in Mooi River in 1956 when he and my mother got married. The veterinary surgery was in the village, and they rented a cottage on a nearby farm, called Mount West. Continue reading
Jill Black, a young woman, suspects she is pregnant and is filled with hope. One of the first things she may want to do is confirm the pregnancy. What better way to do it in the first 5-8 weeks than by having an ultrasound, Continue reading
Everything we see and feel and do is about movement and flow. We watch daily the movement of the sun from one horizon to the opposite horizon, we feel the wind tug at our bodies as we walk outside, see the flight of birds from one point in the blue sky to another. Each night the milky way of stars makes its rotation, or is it ours. Continue reading
There is a groundswell of women in South Africa seeking to give birth naturally after they realise their previous caesarian section may have been unnecessary. It is a feeling inside their bodies, their hearts, their minds that impels them to find a way to give vaginal birth safely. Continue reading
Violence in Maternity care is the intersection between institutional violence (of a system) and violence against women during pregnancy, during the actual birth and during the post natal period after the birth. Continue reading
After many years of witnessing first hand and studying the current status quo of Caesarian sections in childbirth in South Africa, I am presenting a Cape Town VBAC Stats and Facts Workshop at Mtwana Birth Centre on 9th July 2016. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC) or preventing a caesarian section. Continue reading