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.

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Mona, Nabil and Hannah

Cape Town VBAC Stats and Facts Workshop – July 2016

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. The following topics will be included:

  • History of the Caesarian
  • When a Caesarian is necessary
  • Complications of Caesarian
  • How to prevent that first Caesarian
  • How to prepare for a VBAC
  • VBAC stats and facts
  • How to have a good Caesarian

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Details

Date: Saturday 9th July
Time: 10H00 – 16H00
Venue: Mtwana Birth Centre, 5 Belvedere Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town (MAP)
Cost: R460.00

Included: Light refreshments like tea, coffee and biscuits.

Lunch is not included, though please feel free to bring a dish to share, or pop out to a localishious restaurant nearby.

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To book your place please complete the form below and click send, and payment details will be sent to you. Deadline for Registration is Monday 4th July. I have space for a maximum of 12 participants. If there are more registrations, the workshop will be repeated the following Saturday on the 16th July. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Wild Breastfeeding Mothers

Always Maiden, Always Mother!

A mother is a maiden whose womb has carried and born fruit. We as women hold within us the ultimate creative space and forces. Honouring our ‘womb’anhood enables us to gather and shape our futures and release the culmination of our creative process. When we allow ourselves to surrender to and release our power, we give birth to ourselves, our partners and our children throughout our lives. Continue reading

Parents pausing before eye contact after the pain of birth

The Pain of Labour and Birth

“There still remains the mysterious exception of birth pain.”

Eugene Marais was an Afrikaans (South African) genius and scientist, lawyer and poet. He spent years in the African wilderness observing termites or white ants, baboons and other animals and made a significant observation about the pain of childbirth. Continue reading

My three sons as youngsters

Homebirth in S.A.

Little did I realise, 34 years ago, that giving birth to my baby at home was an exceptional event. For me giving birth at home seemed the most natural choice. After all, my ancestors had given birth for centuries with midwives in their homes. It felt right. I found a traditional midwife to assist me: a solid quiet woman who gave me confidence and did not rush me. Continue reading

Penelope and Max

What ‘s so great about Waterbirth?

When I arrived at Penelope’s home, I found her in a makeshift plastic bath of warm water that her husband had rigged underneath the shower head in the apartment. She was curled up in a fetal position and there was a stillness about her. I arranged my midwifery bags, laid out a few things quietly and protected her privacy so that gentle silence enfolded us. Penelope turned on the shower Continue reading

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How Loving Mothers and Babies prevents War and Violence

In the wake of multiple acts of violence this year in Kenya, Nigeria, Beirut, and most recently Paris,I am overwhelmed with grief for all those who have lost their lives in these massacres. Yet I feel compelled to look into the deeper origins of the violence, as it is too easy to assign blame and find reasons to retaliate and thus perpetuate the violence. Continue reading