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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+00:00January 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+00:00January 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Birth plans – understand the real message!

A pregnant woman approaches you with a gleam in her eye and announces that she has a BIRTH PLAN. Groan. Is this your thinking? Some things in life can’t be planned in detail – birth is one of them. It’s such an unpredictable event; aren’t moms setting themselves up for disappointment and putting unnecessary pressure on themselves to ‘stick to ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:39:14+00:00December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Small Change, Big Difference Health and Midwifery Challenge

Sometimes, tiny tweaks can make a huge difference to one’s overall health, as well as to the practice of midwifery. Yet, because of busy lifestyles and workplace protocols, we tend to fall into routines and patterns that are tremendously difficult to break, and even small changes seem impossible. Sensitive Midwifery wants to help our midwifery colleagues all over the world ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:40:13+00:00December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Why test weighing is wrong

Most women, regardless of age or body type, dread the bathroom scales. What will it reveal? Somehow, we’ve given the scales the power to define us. My question is why we’re allowing the same thing to be done to newborn babies? Why have we given test weighing the power to decide whether or not new moms are a success or ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:39:59+00:00December 7th, 2015|0 Comments

The health of the placenta is wrongly used to intervene in normal pregnancy

The placenta plays a significant role in keeping Baby alive during pregnancy; supplying blood, nutrients, and oxygen, and continuing to benefit babies after birth. But if the placenta had its own movie, it would be about a falsely accused woman who gets sent to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Pinning it on the placenta When it comes to ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:40:48+00:00December 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Topping up breastfeeds – the uncomfortable truth

Are we midwives or petrol attendants? So you’re going on a long journey and you’ve got half a tank of petrol. You’d feel better if it was full, so you pull into a petrol station and ask them to ‘top-up’ for you. That makes sense, but should we be doing the same thing with the newborns in our care – ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:41:19+00:00December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Do midwives tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Childbirth used to be shrouded in secrecy. Now is the information age: monitors, men, many ‘support’ people – and video cameras – are welcomed into the delivery room, and anyone can watch a live birth on the internet. Then why is the truth about natural labour and birth still so elusive? Let’s face it: it’s rare for a mom to ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:41:41+00:00November 24th, 2015|0 Comments

3 Easy ways to be a midwifery hero!

All over South Africa, the rest of the continent and the world, there are women who are terrified of labour and are overwhelmed at the prospect of giving birth. They are bombarded by birth horror stories from other women, while doctors and nurses (and even some midwives) stand back and let them believe these exaggerations. These women are scared and ...Read more

By |2017-09-02T15:42:42+00:00November 24th, 2015|0 Comments