2019, ALL POSTS, Birth Story, Caesarean birth, Care Provider, Charlene Yared West, Empowering Mothers, health & wellness, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, incontinence, Magazine: Life Healthcare, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing

Healing from incontinence

Urinary incontinence is common in pregnancy and is reported by about 60 percent of women. For these women, the severity of their condition can increase during the course of their pregnancy, especially peaking in the second and third trimesters. Of these women who experience incontinence in pregnancy, 70 percent go on to resolve the condition… Continue reading Healing from incontinence

2017, ALL POSTS, Birth Story, Caesarean birth, Care Provider, Charlene Yared West, Empowering Mothers, fertility, infertility, IVF, Magazine: Life Healthcare, pregnancy, pregnant

Multiples: A dream come true through IVF

If you have been trying for a baby for more than a year, but have been unsuccessful, you are one of at least 50-million couples who experience infertility worldwide. The number of children being born in South Africa is also on the decline and according to the Recorded Live Births 2013 to 2015 report, the… Continue reading Multiples: A dream come true through IVF

ALL POSTS, Baby, Birth Story, Breastfeeding, Dr Douglas Dumbrill, Empowering Mothers, Gynae / Obstetrician, Hospital Birth, HypnoBirthing, Midwife, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Petra’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

ALL POSTS, Baby, Birth Story, Care Provider, Empowering Mothers, Gynae / Obstetrician, Hospital Birth, Relax Into Birth, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing

Aimee’s Birth Story

It was my honour to walk beside Aimee and Ryan for the birth of their baby girl Kenzy. Here is their story... When I think back on my “Birth Day” it was nowhere near what I expected, despite all my reading and “scenario-planning.” And to be honest, I wasn’t convinced I needed a doula in… Continue reading Aimee’s Birth Story

Birth Options Midwifery Team, Care Provider, Empowering Mothers, Gynae / Obstetrician, Relax Into Birth, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

It’s your ONE BIRTH. Choose your birth team wisely!

https://youtu.be/IwNagdrdeNw It's essential you choose your birth team with utmost care, empowering yourself with information, educating yourself on the birth landscape you find yourself in. You don't get to do it all over again. You don't get a retake... You only get to do this birth once, so that even if it ends up in… Continue reading It’s your ONE BIRTH. Choose your birth team wisely!

ALL POSTS, Baby, Breastfeeding, Dr Jacky Searle, Emma Nummanoglu, Empowering Mothers, Gynae / Obstetrician, Hospital Birth, Lactation Consultant, Relax Into Birth, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Pregnancy Awareness Week at one of the best hospitals in town, Life Vincent Pallotti!

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!

Doula Gayle Friedman, Empowering Mothers, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Celebrating my doula sister, Gayle Friedman

As birthworkers, we just cannot do this work without someone just there for us, waiting in the wings. Gayle is my mentor and friend and I have learnt so much from her. Here's ten reasons why I am thankful to Gayle (I'm sure there are more than 10!): 1. JUST BEING THERE: I know that… Continue reading Celebrating my doula sister, Gayle Friedman

Antenatal Course, Birth Options Midwifery Team, Empowering Mothers, Relax Into Birth

Doula dads for the win!

It really is the parents who make this course what it is... One dad at the January course held at Birth Options in Plumstead, shared that one of the exercises we did made him feel more empathy and compassion for what his wife was going to face in labour. "It made me realise what she… Continue reading Doula dads for the win!

ALL POSTS, Baby, Empowering Mothers, Gynae / Obstetrician, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, Melomed Tokai, Midwife, Midwife Angela Wakeford, Midwife Ayla Nowell, Midwife Bernice Jehring Down, Midwife Glynnis Garrod, Midwife Susan Lees, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Birth Options Midwifery Team Statistics 2017

I'm about to share the the latest statistics from 2017 for the Birth Options Midwifery team - and they are unbelievably good! The team is comprised of Glynnis Garrod, Susan Lees, Angela Wakeford and Bernice Jehring Down. Birth Options Independent midwives can attend both home and hospital births at Vincent Pallotti and Melomed Tokai with… Continue reading Birth Options Midwifery Team Statistics 2017