2020, ALL POSTS, COVID-19, Dr Jacky Searle, Gynae / Obstetrician, PODCAST, pregnancy, Relax Into Birth, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing, SPOTIFY, Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Podcast – Episode 2: Tracy and Ryan’s Birth Story

Tracy shares her birth story... Listen to the podcast above, or watch her tell it below. https://youtu.be/W7_E-UyQWXc Dr Tracy Flowers (of Médecins Sans Frontières) shares her birth story. Here's an excerpt... ""As a doctor, I always imagined I would want a caesar, but then I fell pregnant and everything changed. There's no doubt that the Relax Into… Continue reading Podcast – Episode 2: Tracy and Ryan’s Birth Story

2019, ALL POSTS, Charlene Yared West, fertility, fitness, health & wellness, infertility, IVF, Magazine: Life Healthcare, medication, pregnancy, pregnant, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A lifestyle-related disease?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is common in South African women and affects about one in 10 women globally. It is caused by a complex imbalance of hormones in the ovaries.  Charlene Yared West spoke to Life Kingsbury endocrinologist, Dr Jocelyn Hellig and gynaecologist Dr Philip Zinn to find out more about this condition.  So what… Continue reading Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A lifestyle-related disease?

2019, ALL POSTS, Baby, birth plan, Charlene Yared West, HypnoBirthing, Magazine: Life Healthcare, pregnancy, pregnant, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing

Do you have the pregnancy glow?

In pregnancy, your skin can exude a truly healthy glow because of a combination of factors, such as greater blood volume, which can give the cheeks a flushed look and more sebum on the skin, which can make the skin shine. While every woman experiences hormone changes in pregnancy, not every woman will get that… Continue reading Do you have the pregnancy glow?

2018, Antenatal Course, Baby, birth plan, Birth Story, Breastfeeding, Caesarean birth, Care Provider, Charlene Yared West, Gynae / Obstetrician, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, HypnoBirthing, Lactation Consultant, Magazine: Life Healthcare, Midwife, pregnancy, pregnant, Relax Into Birth, Relax Into Birth Hypnobirthing

Own your birth: Why you need a birth plan

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

2018, ALL POSTS, Baby, Birth Story, Caesarean birth, Care Provider, Dr Jacky Searle, Gynae / Obstetrician, health & wellness, Magazine: Life Healthcare, pregnancy

Caesarean birth: Safety is the priority

When planning for your birth, you must consider your options; an attempt at vaginal birth, which may or may not result in an emergency caesarean, or choosing to have a caesarean, also called a Caesarean Delivery on Maternal Request. Charlene Yared West spoke to Dr Jacky Searle, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Life Vincent Pallotti about the… Continue reading Caesarean birth: Safety is the priority

2018, Baby, Care Provider, Charlene Yared West, health & wellness, Magazine: Life Healthcare, medication, pregnancy, pregnant

Medication & pregnancy

Knowing what medication is safe to take in pregnancy is very important when considering over the counter and prescription medications. There will be times in your pregnancy when you simply don’t feel well – and wonder if it’s safe to take the same medication you took before you got pregnant. Life Healthcare delves a bit… Continue reading Medication & pregnancy

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

‘Surrogacy gave us the gift of twins’

Tasha and Wayne McKenzie wanted a baby even before they said their vows on their wedding day. After four years of trying to fall pregnant naturally and after six unsuccessful rounds of IVF, their friend Lee-Ann Laufs said she would be their surrogate. Charlene Yared West sat down with Tasha, Wayne and Lee-Ann to learn… Continue reading ‘Surrogacy gave us the gift of twins’

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

2017, ALL POSTS, Charlene Yared West, fertility, health & wellness, infertility, Magazine: Life Healthcare, pregnancy, pregnant

Dealing with infertility, when he has the problem

It’s not just a women’s issue Struggling to fall pregnant? Usually women are the first to seek help when trying to conceive. However, if the woman has been thoroughly examined and it is not due to her that she is unable to fall pregnant, it falls to the male partner to be tested. According to… Continue reading Dealing with infertility, when he has the problem

2016, ALL POSTS, Caesarean birth, Charlene Yared West, Hospital Birth, Magazine: Life Healthcare, pregnancy, pregnant

Prenatal Surgery: Saving a baby’s life in utero

In July 2015, Eunice and Nathi Motha finally became pregnant via in-vitro fertilisation and their joy at the news turned to pure elation when they found out they were pregnant with twins; a boy and a girl. After an uncomplicated pregnancy until 18 weeks, the couple readied themselves for the arrival of their babies. Sadly,… Continue reading Prenatal Surgery: Saving a baby’s life in utero