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
I am cooking up a storm in the kitchen, while waiting to be called for a birth, (a client called a few hours ago to say she may be in early labour). I am cooking because it keeps my hands busy and engages my mind in a familiar task. I know what to do. I have made lasagna a thousand times, Continue reading
For a healthy woman, home birth is an option that is not often considered in South Africa. Many women seem to desire to give birth in any number of private hospitals where their caesarian section rates are approximately 80%. Most women do not know that home birth is an option, especially when a natural birth is desired. Continue reading
I have just returned home from attending the first Human Rights in Childbirth Summit 2015 on the continent of Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants included delegates, doctors, midwives, lawyers, Continue reading
Being a midwife, and a psychology student, there are some questions I would like to ask about Andreas Lubitz’s childhood. So far the media are feeding us tidbits of information Continue reading
I am holding a series of workshops across South Africa covering all you need to know as a birth professional to effectively manage cases of Shoulder Dystocia, beginning in April 2015.
Shoulder Dystocia describes cases during birth where a baby requires an assisted manoeuvre in order to allow the baby’s shoulders to pass through the birth canal. Understanding the specific causes of Shoulder Dystocia and learning how to assist a baby caught in this predicament can dramatically reduce Continue reading