What is a Midwife?

What is a Midwife? A Midwife is recognised throughout the world as the most appropriate care provider for most women. A Midwife is a trained professional who offers expert care, education, counseling, and support to a woman and her newborn during the childbearing...

Midwife description and costs

WHAT IS A MIDWIFE: Research has repeatedly shown the safety and benefits of midwife care. Statistics show that births attended by midwives have: lower infection rates lower C-section rates fewer complications healthier outcomes lower overall medical costs – than...

What does it cost to have a Doula?

These prices are what Doulas in the Cape Town Area charge, and there may be slight variations between practices. Any Doulas practicing in other areas, please feel free to contact us if you would like to list you’re your price structures for your part of the country....

VBAC or Repeat C-Section

Why is the decision between VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) and repeat c-section important? Why do I hear conflicting information about VBAC vs repeat c-section? How can you learn about, decide on and plan for a VBAC or a repeat c-section? Why is the decision...

Detection of scar problems during VBAC

Mary Cronk MBE, has been a midwife since the early 60s and been practicing independently since 1990, has extensive experience of caring for VBAC and HBAC women. She discusses ways she feels she can enhance the safety of such women. <!–inline-more–> I...

VBAC – going the extra mile

Jenny Skillen Increasing numbers of people have recently been asking for VBACs (vaginal births after Caesareans) and this has focussed attention even more acutely on what gives people the best chance of achieving a vaginal birth. It also, incidentally, draws attention...

VBA2C

(Vaginal birth after two ceasareans is sometimes abbreviated to VBA2C. Vaginal birth after three ceasareans is VBA3C, and so on.) Many women internationally have had successful vaginal births, after two or more previous ceasareans. However, you will still find some...

Smoking in Pregnancy

Smoking adversely affects the fetus and newborn. The effects of smoking are lessened if the mother quits smoking before or during early pregnancy. Cigarette smoke contains 68000 toxic substances, including nicotine and hydrogen cyanide and toxic heavy metals such as...

How can I prevent Pelvic Floor Problems when giving Birth?

Overview: Impact of Pregnancy and Birth on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction; Preventing Pelvic Floor Problems If you’ve heard about pelvic floor problems related to pregnancy and giving birth, you may be confused about what they are and what can cause them....

Are you really in labour? 7 questions to help you know for sure

Written by Henci Goer ( author of Obstetric Myths vs Research Realities) Source www.hencigoer.com june 2007 For those of you with visions of either giving birth in your car or making repeated “false alarm” calls, this checklist is for you. To begin with,...