When you find out you’re pregnant, your thoughts and emotions may go into overdrive. You might be as excited about this new person you will bring into the world as you are terrified that something may go wrong.
Most pregnancies progress without incident. But approximately 8 percent of all pregnancies involve complications that, if left untreated, may harm the mother or the baby. While some complications relate to health problems that existed before pregnancy, others occur unexpectedly and are unavoidable
Breastfeeding is nature’s most powerful way of helping mothers recover from birth, learn parenting skills and fall in love with their babies. It’s also nature’s way of ensuring that babies are well nourished, protected against disease and allowed to develop optimally.
Nobody wants babies to feel stressed-out or upset. The stress is contagious, making everyone miserable. And when the stress is intense and chronic…a regular feature of everyday life… children face long-term health consequences.
If babies are exposed to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, they are more likely to develop behaviour problems and stress-related diseases later in life. In the worst-case scenario, toxic stress may alter brain growth and shorten the lifespan.
Sister Marlette Visagie, owner of ABC Baby Care Training, is passionate about empowering nannies or child minders with the necessary knowledge and skills enabling them to take care of your baby or toddler confidently and responsibly with the love, enthusiasm and care they deserve in their own familiar home environment. The ABC Baby Care Nanny course presents training in a fun, hands on and meaningful way in Zulu as well as English, by Marlette herself. She strives in helping mothers have greater peace of mind when leaving their most precious possessions with a child minder or nanny. The CPR and First Aid courses offered to parents (grandparents, aupairs or teachers) provide the necessary and critical skills to handle most emergencies as well as handling minor incidents, aiming at alleviating stress and making parenthood a joyful experience.