Articles about Informed Decision Making

Caesarean facts and figures

Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary A News release in April 2015 by the World Health Organisation said that caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly

What mums need to know about thyroid disease

With regular vaccinations, baby weigh-ins, the sleepless nights and constant feedings, mums the world over would agree that they have enough on their plate. However, many South African parents remain unaware of thyroid disease and its impact on their l

Guidelines for Safe Nursery Equipment

By CAPFSA (Child accident prevention foundation of SA)   From the beginning of a child’s life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. A safe surrounding for nursery furniture is just as important as the safe design of

Why burden babies with chemicals?

Pregnancy is often a time during which a great deal of care is taken to ensure that the health of the developing child is fully considered. Most expectant mothers stop drinking alcohol (or smoking), look at optimum supplementation and spend more time r

Safety of a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC)

By Barbara Hanrahan – Nursing sister and midwife, masters in midwifery, SA certified perinatal course developer Do you know you can have a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean birth? (VBAC)? Research has proven that this is possible – with about an

Seeding your baby with a healthy mircrobiome

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Hettie Grove – Nursing sister, advanced midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator, internationally certified lactation consultant, SA certified perinatal educator, SA certified lactati

Regenerative medicine

Storing your baby’s stem cells at birth is a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect your family against serious illness or disease. It is important that all families are fully informed on the benefits of storing their babies’ stem cells before makin

Premature birth – when infants arrive too soon

By Dr Welma Lubbe – Author of Prematurity adjusting your dream, Premature birth means a baby is born before 37 weeks of the pregnancy is completed and in South Africa this occurs at a rate of 12% and in the public sector even as h

What is Meningitis?

Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. Unlike viral meningitis, it can potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the first symptoms appear. 1, 2 Meningococcal disease can

Medication – how to give it

Giving a baby medication is not an easy task for a mother. Not many babies just sit there with their mouth’s open waiting to swallow the often not so pleasant tasting mixture. A more skilled approach is needed. Ensure you have the correct medication th