What midwives and nurses need to know about baby skincare

A newborn’s lipid barrier is essential to the skin’s surface ecosystem, and should not be removed when cleaning Baby. Current guidelines for neonatal skincare make it clear that midwives and nurses, who are often those who give mothers advice on this topic, should be sharing these seven important points: After birth, leave the vernix caseosa layer on Baby’s skin until ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:31:02+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Increase breastfeeding success by eradicating engorgement and blocked ducts

Engorgement is the term used to describe a breastfeeding mom’s breasts when they get uncomfortably hard. For the first two or three days of her baby’s life, a Mom’s mammary glands produce the nutrient-intense food called colostrum and she is unlikely to experience problems at this stage, though this is when successful breastfeeding should start, as that in itself will ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:31:48+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Expressing breast milk made easier

Suckling directly at the breast is always best but expressing makes it possible for anyone to continue breastfeeding in circumstances that would otherwise make it difficult. Expressing is a daunting task for many mothers and so the choice may be made to change to formula milk instead. Sensitive Midwifery shows you how to help prolong breastfeeding with these innovative tips. ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:32:14+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Give solutions to infant ‘sleep problems’ – don’t create them!

Are you, the midwife, nurse or doctor, giving parents sleepless nights? Dealing with sleep queries can be tricky because tired parents can feel quite emotional and the wrong advice can have long-term effects for moms and babies. Here are a few tips which should help: Define sleep terms – there is seldom a medical problem so a medical definition isn’t ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:32:50+00:00 February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Make sure your sleep advice to parents isn’t nonsensical

When exhausted new moms approach you with sleep queries, what are you to do? After all, you don’t really have the answers, do you? Let’s admit it, midwives and nurses aren’t taught about infant sleep in their studies. That doesn’t stop some midwives and nurses from doing industry-supported courses and setting themselves up as experts though. Mostly moms are given ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:33:19+00:00 February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

3 Things midwives and obstetricians should know about C-section

1. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the maximum C-section rate should be 10–15%, regardless of a country’s economic or health profile. This has been a number of obstetric societies’ policy guideline for many years; yet some countries blatantly ignore it, despite publicly lauding the WHO. 2. South Africa has one of the highest national C-section rates in the ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:34:07+00:00 January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Choose your breastfeeding language carefully

Midwives and other maternity professionals have incredible influence over a new mother’s breastfeeding experience. In this blog, I look at a few things we should never say or do! Never say: ‘You have too little or too weak milk.’ This is virtually non-existent but a mom who believes that, can doubt her milk away! Oxytocin and prolactin will be overpowered ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:34:34+00:00 January 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Easy ways to help mothers breastfeed successfully

Apart from being the best form of nourishment for babies breastfeeding is also the easiest. The bottom line is that it is innate so all mothers and babies know instinctively how to do it. That doesn’t mean that new moms don’t need your help Misinformation from well-meaning friends, relatives, and even medical professionals confuses and often overwhelms new moms and ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:37:00+00:00 January 18th, 2016|0 Comments

How to do perineal massage

“But natural childbirth damages the perineum!” For many women, this is a cry to go and book that C-section. For me, it signals the need for midwives to step forward once again and provide accurate and unbiased information – and a big dose of encouragement – for these misinformed and understandably anxious women. Firstly, moms need the facts. Yes, perineal tears ...Read more

By | 2017-09-02T15:37:25+00:00 January 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Breastfeeding – an economic plan to help save the world!

Breast milk is a superfood – economically, health-wise and emotionally. Not only is it suitable for all babies at all times, it adapts from one developmental phase to another, day to night, and even according to individual need! The health benefits are irreplaceable, and successful nursing markedly improves women’s mothering experience and babies’ long-term health. Basically, breast milk is the ...Read more

By | 2017-10-14T16:09:21+00:00 January 11th, 2016|0 Comments