Articles about Planning Your Pregnancy

Microbiome formation at birth

Until recently we have not paid too much importance to our gut. But there is now research coming out with a new paper being published every 6 hours around the world with how important the gut and the microbes are to particularly our long term health. W

Decisions, decisions

It is not just a matter of names for a baby and colour schemes for the nursery, now is the time to get to grips with some serious planning about your home, your finances and her job… Should we move? This is one of the first questions parents-to-be ask

Childbirth education classes – a must for dads

(This article is also available in an audio format) The greatest fear as you go off to attend your first official class – is that you will be the only guy there and how horribly embarrassing that would be! Never fear – most guys attend classes with the

Twin Tips… coping with the practicalities of two babies

By Anchen Verster – Registered nurse, midwife, SA Certified Perinatal Educator – SACPE, wife, mother to 4 children including a set of twins As the Gynae moved the probe over my 12-week abdomen my husband opened his mouth to say something but the doctor

Pregnancy calendar

A new life begins A woman’s egg is fertilized by a man’s sperm in the fallopian tube. During the next few days, the fused egg and sperm move through the fallopian tube to the lining of the uterus. There it implants and starts to grow. The cluster of ce

Planning your pregnancy

(This article is also available in an audio format) Creating a baby together is nothing short of a miracle – and will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Your baby is created from two cells – and with much cell division and growth they

I want that beanie for my baby

By Hettie Grove – Registered nurse, advanced midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator, SACLC – SA certified lactation consultant and course developer, IBCLC Looking at birth announcements, one of the most featured pieces of clothing these

How to know you might be heading for an unnecessary Caesarean Section & steps to avoid it.

By Anchen Verster – Registered nurse, midwife, SA Certified Perinatal Educator – SACPE, wife, mother to 4 children including a set of twins As a childbirth educator I’m often asked by expectant moms how they will know if their doctor is recommending a

Packing your hospital bags

Suggested Labour Bag A labour bag should be a bag packed with items that you and your partner might want in labour. Plan to pack things that are of comfort both physically and emotionally. Labour Bag Birth plan Childbirth education class notes Loose fi

Finding your childbirth educator

How to use the listings of Childbirth Educators on the following pages The childbirth educators listings are divided into provinces They are highlighted under which area they teach – areas appear in alphabetical order Check her qualifications – has she