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 ...

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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
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    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

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Coping with Grief

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Turn to family and friends – draw loved ones close and accept the assistance that is offered. Some people may feel uncomfortable around you as they don't know what to say or do for you. Accept this behaviour.
Draw comfort from your faith – if you follow a religious tradition, embrace the comfort that mourning rituals provide.
Join a support group – others who have experienced similar losses can often understanding and sympathy.
Talk to a therapist– talking about your feelings to a therapist for a few months can help you make sense of your intense emotions. Therapists' create a safe space for you to grieve, to talk, and they can help you heal.
Take care of yourself
Acknowledge your feelings, the longer you try to ignore the pain, the longer it will take you to heal. Unresolved grief can lead to feelings of depression, substance abuse and anxiety.
Express your feelings. Write about your loss, nobody else needs to read what you have written. Perhaps make a scrapbook of all the little baby things that you do have.
Look after your physical health, exercising, even walking can help you get out of the house and in touch with your body.
Don't let anyone tell you how to feel. Your grief is your own. Let yourself feel whatever you need to feel without judgement. It's ok to feel angry, to yell, to cry, or to curl up in a heap. It is also ok to experience moments of joy, to laugh through your tears.
Plan ahead for grief triggers. The yearly anniversary of your miscarriage or baby's death can often reawaken your feelings. Be prepared for the emotional upheaval. A loving but simple way of remembering is to light a candle on each anniversary or to put flowers on the baby's grave.
Trust yourself. Realize that grieving is a process and that your life will be forever touched by the loss of your baby but life does go on and with time you will feel better, even though, right now, you do not think it is possible.