about sensitive midwifery

Sensitive Midwifery aims to improve midwifery, pregnancy, birth, and parenting by providing midwives and associated maternity professionals with professional inspiration, updated evidence-based information, insights, and perspectives that highlight the benefits of natural, physiological, instinctive care of mothers and babies. This is done through three main initiatives; Sensitive Midwifery Symposium, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine, and Sensitive Midwifery Academy. In addition, regular research updates, useful tips, and relevant observations are posted on Sensitive Midwifery social media.

Sensitive Midwifery is the professional brand of the company Sister Lilian Centre (PTY) Ltd. It was born in 1996 when Lilian Paramor, better known as Sister Lilian, leading South African midwife and pregnancy and parenting advisor, noticed that many pregnancy, birth, and parenting difficulties could be prevented with a wholly different paradigm of care. There was a deficit in sensitive perinatal care, so she set out to improve this, initially for her personal clients, and later by reaching out to midwifery professionals across South Africa.

Sensitive Midwifery Symposium was the first of these initiatives. It soon grew, expanding its footprint to various South African cities and towns, to midwives from neighbouring countries, and even attracting delegates from other continents. In 2008, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine was born, enabling an even greater number of perinatal professionals to become part of the Sensitive Midwifery community. Educational initiatives under the Sensitive Midwifery Academy banner are also constantly being developed to ensure that the online and global midwifery markets can tap into the exceptional services on offer.

Lilian Paramor

Lilian Paramor (Sister Lilian), a qualified midwife, nurse, reflexologist and natural healthcare practitioner whose career launched in 1975, is an acclaimed speaker and presenter at conferences for health professionals, has contributed to various international congresses and publications, and is the author of a number of best-selling parenting books. Since 2018, she has been joined by Margreet Wibbelink, Specialist Midwife, to help forge the way ahead for Sensitive Midwifery and its ever-expanding activities.

Margreet Wibbelink

Margreet Wibbelink is a Midwife Specialist, and a passionate South African born of Dutch parents. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium in 2002, and furthered her studies with a BCur Honours in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science (2012) and a Master’s Research degree in Midwifery (2014), both from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Margreet is currently completing her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looks at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published two articles and presented at various conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Margreet’s first work experience as a new midwife was in the Netherlands, which is known for its strong midwifery-led model of care. After relocating to South Africa, she gained experience in both the public and private sector and became acutely aware of the many midwifery dynamics and challenges in South Africa. This moved her to start a specialised midwifery clinic in 2009 – the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic (HMBC) in Jeffreys Bay – which is a non-profit organisation committed to delivering professional private care to the most vulnerable and underprivileged women (www.hmbc.co.za). Margreet firmly believes that the clinic is a blueprint that can be replicated in other communities and is an answer to addressing maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality. HMBC has served as a training centre for international students and several South African nurses and. While directing the clinic, Margreet also worked as an independent midwife, becoming well known as ‘The Surfing Midwife’. She has become an advocate for a better birthing culture in South Africa.

Through engaging with the founder and director of the Sister Lilian Centre, widely known as Sister Lilian, and its Sensitive Midwifery initiatives, she was identified as a worthy leadership successor for the company. Having undergone an extensive mentoring period with Sister Lilian, Margreet assumes the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Editor of Sensitive Midwifery Magazine in January 2019. This enables Margreet to continue working for all pregnant women, babies and families on a far greater scale, and to be a voice for and champion of the midwifery profession as a whole, on a national and international platform.

Both Lilian and Margreet could be called midwifery visionaries, and this shows into all they do every day at and through Sensitive Midwifery. They invite you to browse the Sensitive Midwifery website, be inspired to continually improve your midwifery practice, and find your special place of interest in the many services and initiatives on offer.

about sensitive midwifery

Sensitive Midwifery aims to improve midwifery, pregnancy, birth, and parenting by providing midwives and associated maternity professionals with professional inspiration, updated evidence-based information, insights, and perspectives that highlight the benefits of natural, physiological, instinctive care of mothers and babies. This is done through three main initiatives; Sensitive Midwifery Symposium, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine, and Sensitive Midwifery Academy. In addition, regular research updates, useful tips, and relevant observations are posted on Sensitive Midwifery social media.

Sensitive Midwifery is the professional brand of the company Sister Lilian Centre (PTY) Ltd. It was born in 1996 when Lilian Paramor, better known as Sister Lilian, leading South African midwife and pregnancy and parenting advisor, noticed that many pregnancy, birth, and parenting difficulties could be prevented with a wholly different paradigm of care. There was a deficit in sensitive perinatal care, so she set out to improve this, initially for her personal clients, and later by reaching out to midwifery professionals across South Africa.

Sensitive Midwifery Symposium was the first of these initiatives. It soon grew, expanding its footprint to various South African cities and towns, to midwives from neighbouring countries, and even attracting delegates from other continents. In 2008, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine was born, enabling an even greater number of perinatal professionals to become part of the Sensitive Midwifery community. Educational initiatives under the Sensitive Midwifery Academy banner are also constantly being developed to ensure that the online and global midwifery markets can tap into the exceptional services on offer.

Lilian Paramor

Lilian Paramor (Sister Lilian), a qualified midwife, nurse, reflexologist and natural healthcare practitioner whose career launched in 1975, is an acclaimed speaker and presenter at conferences for health professionals, has contributed to various international congresses and publications, and is the author of a number of best-selling parenting books. Since 2018, she has been joined by Margreet Wibbelink, Specialist Midwife, to help forge the way ahead for Sensitive Midwifery and its ever-expanding activities.

Margreet Wibbelink

Margreet Wibbelink is a Midwife Specialist, and a passionate South African born of Dutch parents. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium in 2002, and furthered her studies with a BCur Honours in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science (2012) and a Master’s Research degree in Midwifery (2014), both from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Margreet is currently completing her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looks at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published two articles and presented at various conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Margreet’s first work experience as a new midwife was in the Netherlands, which is known for its strong midwifery-led model of care. After relocating to South Africa, she gained experience in both the public and private sector and became acutely aware of the many midwifery dynamics and challenges in South Africa. This moved her to start a specialised midwifery clinic in 2009 – the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic (HMBC) in Jeffreys Bay – which is a non-profit organisation committed to delivering professional private care to the most vulnerable and underprivileged women (www.hmbc.co.za). Margreet firmly believes that the clinic is a blueprint that can be replicated in other communities and is an answer to addressing maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality. HMBC has served as a training centre for international students and several South African nurses and. While directing the clinic, Margreet also worked as an independent midwife, becoming well known as ‘The Surfing Midwife’. She has become an advocate for a better birthing culture in South Africa.

Through engaging with the founder and director of the Sister Lilian Centre, widely known as Sister Lilian, and its Sensitive Midwifery initiatives, she was identified as a worthy leadership successor for the company. Having undergone an extensive mentoring period with Sister Lilian, Margreet assumes the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Editor of Sensitive Midwifery Magazine in January 2019. This enables Margreet to continue working for all pregnant women, babies and families on a far greater scale, and to be a voice for and champion of the midwifery profession as a whole, on a national and international platform.

Both Lilian and Margreet could be called midwifery visionaries, and this shows into all they do every day at and through Sensitive Midwifery. They invite you to browse the Sensitive Midwifery website, be inspired to continually improve your midwifery practice, and find your special place of interest in the many services and initiatives on offer.

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