Just how easy is it to stimulate milk supply after stopping or induce lactation as an adoptive mother? Charlene Yared West explores the topic of relactation and induced lactation to find out more. Firstly, what is relactation? According to Leana Habeck, La Leche League Leader (llli.org/southafrica), there is a difference between relactation and induced lactation.… Continue reading Relactation: Can you breastfeed your weaned baby again?
The birth plan: a tool pioneered by childbirth activist and midwife, Sheila Kitzinger in the 1970s, who believed that women and not their caregivers, should be the focus of childbirth and be able to advocate for themselves with this document, which detailed their wishes for the delivery. In the wake of birth plans, the Better… Continue reading Own your birth: Why you need a birth plan
Ruwa was nervous at our first meeting. Soft-spoken, she asked about my role as a doula for her birth. I walked with her in pregnancy and birth and when she went into labour, I met her at the hospital. Her birth changed everything. She was shown how powerful her birthing body was and that she… Continue reading Ruwarashe’s Birth Story
Petra is a very strong mama who I met when she was pregnant with her first baby. Firm and determined, she never gave up all through her two birth experiences. It was lovely getting to know her as a mama also living in the Valley and this is the story of her second birth, where… Continue reading Petra’s Birth Story
Pregnancy Awareness Week takes place annually and this year's theme was about empowering parents for their journey to birth. I was there representing Relax Into Birth, talking about doula care and relaxation techniques. Many thanks to Sister Lindsay Donnachie, Carline and Vaughanine for arranging such an inspiring event. Sister Donnachie reminded women about their invisible… Continue reading Pregnancy Awareness Week at one of the best hospitals in town, Life Vincent Pallotti!
Please help....Milk Matters' donor milk stocks are terribly low and right now they do not have enough milk to pasteurise on Monday to meet their current prescriptions, and nothing yet to pasteurise on Tuesday. They were feeding 46 babies (orders still coming in!) at 11 hospitals on Friday, plus over the weekend, and no reduction… Continue reading Milk matters needs donor milk!
Here I am pictured with Christa Bussack ... a little tired, an hour or two after midnight, but still looking fresh (maybe a bit too optimistic?!) 😀 Even through the early morning hours, Christa maintains her sense of humour and effervescence in the maternity ward. If you have stayed over at Vincent Pallotti, you will know her kind face… Continue reading Meet Christa Bussack