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Pregnant woman in labour leaning against bed
Will you know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions, false labour and the real thing when the time comes? Our expert doula explains some the signs to look out for so you know when it’s go-time. Common signs towards the end of your pregnancy: Lightening (two to three weeks before...
Happy mom lifting son in green field
Like many young girls, Charlene du Toit had dreams of one day getting married and being a mom. However, after a bladder infection turned to an infection of her kidneys and ovaries, scarring her fallopian tubes when she was just 15 years old, doctors prepared Charlene for the fact...
Father holding his newborn baby after birth
From the moment you learn you’re pregnant and determine a due date, you’ll likely start thinking about the type of birth you would like. This is where a birth plan comes in handy… What is a birth plan? As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it’s really important to think...
Pregnant lady pushing to give birth
We asked moms for some of the craziest things they’ve said during labour, and we never expected such hilarious comments. Tina Goldsmid: “My pregnancy cravings didn't end in the hospital ward – my husband had to run and get me orange juice, chicken schnitzels and mashed potatoes about half an...
Mom on couch with baby after giving birth
Birth photography is a highly specialised field and the choice to have the experience documented is an intensely personal decision. It involves the birth process, environment, the parents and those in attendance. Birth photography encompasses the tears of joy, the wonder of bringing a new life into the world...
mother-holding-babys-hand
I have only been a mother for a year and a few months, but I really can’t imagine my life without our precious daughter, Omntimande. To be honest, I doubted I could get through natural labour, but after all the pushing and screaming, it all became worth it. My labour...
midwife-and-doula-meeting
As a doula (birth coach), I often get asked if I am a midwife. When I say I’m a doula and not a midwife, I’m asked what the difference is between a midwife and doula. This is not a bad question as a midwife and doula play two very...
pregnant-mom-packing-hospital-bag
Towards the end of every pregnancy comes that magical time where you have to prepare for the delivery of your little miracle; the time when you see that bright and shiny light at the end of the tunnel because, let’s be honest, the third trimester is hard. The back pain,...
pregnant-lady-doula
Congratulations, you are pregnant! But what now? Pregnancy is both an amazing and overwhelming experience and a doula can help you through this unpredictable adventure. What is a doula? Doula (from Greek word doulē meaning female slave) is a non-medically trained person who supports you during your pregnancy, labour or birth and beyond....

Empowering birth

mom in nursery admiring her baby bump
February’s Pregnancy Education Month campaign highlights how childbirth education empowers parents for a better birth experience. Birth is the most natural process on earth and yet studies have shown that one in every four women describes giving birth as traumatic and up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress...
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