What a wonderful week I spent in Gauteng with generous hosts and eager students, with the aim of empowering midwives in South Africa, and reducing neonatal morbidity and mortality with respect to shoulder dystocia. Just today, a doctor related to me how a woman had arrived at the hospital fully dilated and Continue reading
The idea that an unborn baby in the womb experiences feelings, absorbing and processing stimuli from the environment, is relatively new. Until the early 1950’s it was thought that babies did not experience pain and that unborn babies were unable to feel or receive sensory information. The placenta was thought to be a barrier between the mother and baby until Continue reading
Water does many things for a woman in labour. Firstly, It provides her with a feeling of privacy and seclusion when she feels vulnerable. Immersed in warm water during labour Continue reading
Preparing mind, body and spirit for pregnancy before conception is vital. The numbers of women who are struggling to conceive is increasing in the west and desperate couples are seeking surrogacy in other countries such as India or Brazil. On the other hand, women in third world countries become pregnant all too easily and are at risk due to undernourishment and poverty. Not to mention the everyday stresses of city life, the airborne pollutants, fluoride in the drinking water, and work deadlines that add to the burden Continue reading
Earth Mother, star mother,
You who are called by a thousand names
May all remember we are cells in your body
and dance together.
You are the grain and the loaf
That sustains us each day.
And as you are patient with our struggles to learn
So shall we be patient with ourselves and each other.
We are radiant light and sacred dark
-The balance- Continue reading
I have been feeling a little sluggish with a sore throat and missing my veggie patch in Kwazulunatal while waiting in Cape Town for births, so thought I would post a pic of my patch here as an inspiration to all women who are pregnant and battling with pregnancy aches and pains. Minor complaints of pregnancy can largely be prevented through good nourishment and self care. Much of the food we eat, though, is depleted of essential micronutrients due to intensive farming methods. Soil that is farmed intensively with inorganic fertilizers and pesticides loses Continue reading