Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

The importance of amniotic fluid Amniotic fluid is essential for pregnancy and foetal development. Amniotic fluid is a watery substances residing inside a casing called the amniotic membrane or sac. ...

Choosing a pre-school

Becoming a parent is a momentous; life-changing event filled with hopes, expectations and naturally some fears. Parents often learn and grow alongside their children, as they face the challenges of pa...

Newborn reflexes

Although newborn babies are physically helpless and vulnerable at birth, they have a number of amazing innate abilities or reflexes. Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions, designed to protect ...

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection. The word “mastitis” is derived from the Greek word “mastos” meaning “breasts”, while the suffix “-itis” denotes “inflammation”. Ma...

Pelvic floor exercises

Although your new baby will probably bring you immense emotional satisfaction, physically you may feel uncomfortable and strange in your own skin. After 9 months of pregnancy and hormonal changes, you...

Colic

Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...

Strap-in-the-Future

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Bonding

When your baby is born, nature has a few little tricks up her sleeve to help you love and adore this unique creation – if not immediately, then certainly over time. At the time of the birth the new baby will have very high levels of adrenalin surging through his body (important for his survival if it were to have been born in the wild) and will be very alert and receptive to his mother’s voice and contact. The baby’s pupils will be very large and look very appealing as you make eye contact for the first time. This is how your baby makes you fall in love with him. Most of the time you are unaware of how the baby’s changing pupils are affecting you, but as they dilate and take in the surroundings, you respond by protectively drawing him closer. The oxytocin, endorphins and cortisol that are surging through your body create a state of arousal that makes you more receptive to forming an attachment and ensures that your nurturing and protective instincts take over as you hold your baby the first few times.

 

During the first few days after birth all your and the baby’s senses are heightened. You will get to know each other through sight, smell, sound and touch. Your baby can recognise your voice and his father’s voice from when he was in the womb. Enabling direct skin contact will help your baby learn how both of you smell. Your baby will look at both your faces and making eye contact is one of the most powerful ways of communicating.

 

You cannot predict how you’re going to feel when you see your baby for the first time. You may fall in love instantly or you may feel quite numb and only learn to love this little being over time as you get to know his uniqueness. Hold, touch and love your child as much as possible; this will lead to a strong bond that will keep you connected for years to come.