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

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’

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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, Care Provider, Charlene Yared West, health & wellness, Magazine: Life Healthcare

Working together to treat a tumour

When it comes to cancer, patient care is a team effort and not the work of a single doctor. Life Healthcare doctors take a multidisciplinary approach and utilise good teamwork between the various specialists, which is crucial to the successful care of cancer patients from detection to treatment and follow-up. Discovering the brain tumour People… Continue reading Working together to treat a tumour

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Ruwarashe’s Birth Story

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