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.
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,
When we interfere with the process of birth we render the love hormone oxytocin useless and we need to ask ourselves how this will affect the future of humanity.
Baby Guillaume was born calmly and gently at the Mtwana Birth Centre without disturbance and joined his parents Benedicte and Didier and his family of siblings.
The midwifery and Birth Conference provides a platform for a group of midwives and women to gather together to share and collaborate on ways to improve the culture of birth in South Africa.
Twins Skye and Eden were born in the sanctity of the home in Cape Town. Both twins babies emerged in waterbirth and parents Andre and Vivienne are superhuman!
Homebirth is safe when the mother is healthy and the risks are low. A hospital is safer for birth when a mother shows signs of ill health and the risks are higher.