Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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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 ...

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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
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    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
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    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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Editor's Letter January 2013

Dear Reader,

Happy New Year! May you laugh often, nurture yourself, see the best in your other half and children and dispense bucket loads of hugs and cuddles in 2013.

Our theme for January is, Out with the Old and In with the New. Janine takes a look at how to go about recycling your used baby goods, and Sister Elizabeth has compiled exactly what we should keep on hand in our medicine chest. Before you download the PDF and go to the shops, why not de-clutter your medicine chest first. You will be amazed just how old and nasty some of the medicines are that are lurking at the back of your cupboard. Instead of chucking them into the bin, or flushing down the loo, rather dispose of them at your local pharmacy.

There are a few questions that inquisitive people tend to ask pregnant women;

How far along are you?

Can I touch your tummy? (Normally only asked after their hand is energetically rubbing your bump)

And do you have any cravings?

I have yet to hear of any outlandish ones. Mine was cheese. I ate toasted cheese and tomato snackwiches for lunch and macaroni and cheese for dinner for a few weeks in a row.

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Sister Elizabeth writes about why pregnant women the world over develop intense cravings or aversions to the taste, smell or texture of certain foods.

One of the most common inherited conditions worldwide is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Early diagnosis and treatment are essential because children with SCD are at an increased risk of infection. Sickle Cell Disease is a group of genetic disorders that affect haemoglobin. Our featured YouTube clips take a look at what causes SCD and Carol Mulumba shares her personal story of living with the condition.

Our book of the month is Blue Star and Lionheart, written by South African, Bea Potgieter. She said that she was inspired to write the book when visiting the White Lions of Timbavati.

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Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth