Baby, Empowering Mothers, home birth, Newborn, Relax Into Birth

Surrender

The power of each surge
Flows through me
Like water.
Washing off my skin,
Taking my breath away,
Bringing forth life… And
Opening me up.
Stripping away the layers and layers
Of holding back
I leave my body
Surrendering and merging with my baby’s soul
Hovering around me.
Come my love I say…
It’s time. Let’s emerge together…

As a baby is born
A mother is born also.

Words and photo by Charlene Yared West.

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Baby, breastfeeding, donor milk, Milk Matters, Newborn

Milk matters needs donor milk!

26805278_10156258026698217_2254134964824244377_nPlease 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 in demand is expected next week. If you have milk in excess of your own baby’s needs, please consider donating it – it can save babies lives!
#donormilk #milkmatters #savingbabies

breastfeeding, Empowering Mothers, hospital birth, midwife, Newborn, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Meet Christa Bussack

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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 and voice and her bubbly giggle… She is one of the nurses whose focus is to help mothers adjust to life with a newborn and breastfeeding. I am always happy to see her on the floor, because I know my client will be in loving hands <3 Christa has been at VPH since the year 2000. 

“Mothers always seek help in various areas when it comes to mothering, as they are beginning to experience a newfound love for their child. Mothering comes as an instinct, but guidance is still needed, as each mother is unique. No case is the same,” she says. “I have a passion for helping new moms, as there was a lack of guidance and help in my own personal experience as a young mother. It all comes down to giving the mothers the best support possible and to help them enjoy a positive start to motherhood, which will filter through into the time they are home.” Christa is also a proud mother of four kids, all who have already completed Matric level. She also has four grandchildren and counting. So, next time you see Christa on the night shift, say hi! #relaxintobirth #charleneyaredwest #empoweringbirthandnewparents