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Why mothers aren’t accessing antenatal care early in their pregnancies

South Africa has extremely high maternal mortality levels. This is true when compared with developed countries as well as other developing countries. According to the...
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South Africa steps up its game to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV

South Africa’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme has achieved remarkable successes in recent years. It has improved the health and life expectancy for pregnant...
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Social media is putting pregnant women under pressure to look perfect

There is no doubt that social media and its instant availability has changed the way we engage with the outside world. As the popularity...
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When do children develop their gender identity?

Gender is generally thought of as a stable trait: we are born male or female and we stay that way as we grow from...
Mother walking in Johannesburg with her daughter

Mothers in motion: mums navigate cities with their kids’ needs in mind

Portia* lives in Diepsloot, a poor settlement composed largely of informal dwellings in Johannesburg, South Africa and works in upmarket Sandton as a domestic...
Surgical obstetric forceps for delivery a baby

How forceps permanently changed the way humans are born

Obstetric forceps look like ninja weapons. They come as a pair: 16 inches of solid steel for each hand with curved “blades” that taper...
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How pregnancy changes women’s metabolism & immune systems

Some of the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy are more obvious than others. We all know that women usually get...
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The link between violence against women & children matters. Here’s why

Nearly half of women across South Africa are subjected to violence by an intimate partner. This in turn negatively affects about one in four...

From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children

What if there was a simple, inexpensive and fun way to address some of the major challenges facing humanity today. What if it could...

Gum disease in pregnancy poses a risk to newborns

Women who develop severe mouth infections and suffer from bleeding gums when they are pregnant have a greater chance of delivering their babies preterm...