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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.

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Family in St Albans

Life Has Seasons

When I was 55 years old I looked forward. Life would become calmer. It would settle. I would have some time on my hands. How wrong I was.

Now I am 60 and so much has happened. I opened a Birth Centre in Cape town. I helped homeless people, adopted a traumatised German Shepherd and attended many, many beautiful births. I mentored students and went into a time of deep introspection and learning myself. I left Cape Town in early 2017 and moved to Mooi River to help care for my mum on her horse farm. I travelled to births and built up a network in a new home, Kwazulunatal.

Horses Grazing on Horselovers Farm
Horses Grazing on Horselovers Farm in Kwazulunatal

Over the next year, several bouts of debilitating tick bite fever left me weakened. I made the decision to leave South Africa and join my sons in the United Kingdom. As of March 2018, a new journey has begun.

Great Britain looks like a small island on the map, yet I am always surprised by how large everything is. And how far it is to travel, although public transport is quite efficient. Greater London now contains an overwhelming 10 million people, so that’s a lot of people to get to know! The Thames river is beautiful and the bridges are picturesque decorations around her neck. I live in St Albans now; a quaint old village on the outskirts. There are lots young people here, like me! I am finding my way.

Family in St Albans
A walk wth family at Verulamium in St Albans

In the same breath, it feels like I have abandoned all that i have loved and known in South Africa for the last 49 years. Where my heart has laughed and cried, wept and sung with joy. The beauty of wide open spaces, the dry land and harsh weather. All the groups I helped form, old school friends, close friends, horsey friends, my midwifery colleagues, all my lovely clients and their babies….I miss you. I miss the work done, the roots I pushed down deep below the shallow soil, into the rocks and boulders below. I miss the hardy fynbos and the rugged veld. I miss my animals.

And yet I feel like a newborn baby, naked in a brand new world. Letting go of the motherland’s blood that fed my veins. Letting go of the people I have been so close to. Letting go hurts. Perhaps it is one of the reasons babies cry after they are born.

At the same time, I embrace this new world, discover the textures, the smells, the tastes, the landscapes of my future here. There is loss, yet also excitement and anticipation. I am being born again, refashioned in new ways, adapting to the start of a new season in my life.

Pumla with her daughter and unborn baby 2018

Do Newborn Babies Have More than 5 Senses?

Historically, babies have been viewed as a blank slate in Western philosophy and culture, and it was believed they could only learn what adults taught them once they could speak. In the last 30 years neuro-scientific research has helped us discover that babies are wired to receive and process information from before birth. Continue reading

What are we Feeding our Unborn Babies?

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