It is a funny phrase in a way – but so apt – “You don’t know what you don’t know”. Many pregnant moms and dads are missing out on essential information that is vital in order to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and parenting experiences. Having been involved in the childbirth education arena for around 30 years – it is interesting to note the differences that are coming to the fore now. This is the generation that has most information at their disposal, yet it is becoming evident that many educated pregnant moms and dads are not making informed decisions about their experiences.
We hear both of Jencie’s birth stories. Her first birth was an induction that resulted in a Caesarean, and the second, was the VBAC experience she was hoping for. Jencie explains how the EBB childbirth class helped her and her support team to plan for the birth she desired. She shares how important it was finding a provider and a hospital that supported her choices, which helped her to process and heal from the trauma she experienced with her first labour and delivery.
Some babies will fuss, cry or pull off the breast during breastfeeding. There are a number of reasons why this might be happening. It’s pretty common to see this type of behaviour at around 6-8 weeks, though it can occur at any time.
Researcher Mildred Parten at the University of Minnesota’s
Institute of Child Development identified six clear stages of play in children
between birth and four years and above.
Stage one, which is between birth and three months of age,
is termed ‘Unoccupied Play’, where a baby will simply make movements with their
hands and feet in the process of learning how their bodies move and work. At
this stage, the best way to engage baby is through touch, such as massaging
their bodies before bed. Tummy time is also a great form of play at this age.
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.