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 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...


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...


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

I am a single mom

single_momI am a single mom. I never wanted to be. I wanted to create a haven for my daughter, complete with loving father, doting mother and rowdy siblings. And somehow it escaped me. It took me a long time to accept that my relationship was not working. I chose to move on instead of being in a loveless relationship.

I want my daughter to have a wonderful relationship with her father. I grew up in a divorced home and I never wanted my child to go through the brokenness of it all.
In the beginning I did a lot of crying and it was incredibly hard to keep up a brave face for my 2 year old daughter. My nerves were frazzled and I lost my cool with her too quickly, and then felt remorseful afterwards.

The first weekend she stayed with her dad I cried myself to sleep. We had a thunderstorm that night and I had to accept the fact that the role I usually played as comforter was now being played by someone else.

When Chloe came home she was happy to see me and clung onto me for ages. And then the crying began. She cried for 3 solid hours. Nothing I said or did pacified her and in the end I simply held her in my arms and sobbed too.

The thing I still hate the most about being a single mom is the transitional period, when Chloe has to adjust back to life with Mom and Gran.