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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Mastitis

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Colic

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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, 03 March 2015 15:49
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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Notes from an Expectant Dad Part Two

From the creators of Breaking Stereotypes, FirstStep.me and the Fun Side of Being Serious comes Notes from an Expectant Dad (or in this case now dad!) by Yashivan Govender

Part 2: The beginning…

It’s been a number of stressful trips to the gynaecologist, along with numerous belly talks and baby kicks that have rounded up the final nine months of the pregnancy phase. So much so that you know the staff at the gynaecologist’s office on a first name basis, that you already know a number of baby books word for word and that counting baby kicks has become the customary end of day count.

It’s been nine months and you as the dad haven’t really seen the action as much as the mother, in fact you probably thinking what happens next? The next step is the birth phase and that’s a story of its own.

When the water breaks of an expecting mother it’s as dramatic as that flood that Noah was preparing for. And then its game time which means a mix of contractions, breathing, waiting and more contractions. However the key is to be as strong as possible as the expectant father, at this stage the mother and the soon to be appearing next earthly inhabitant need you more than ever. So calm thoughts and keep the excitability at low level.

By the time all the graphic details are over and lets rather leave every experience to each man and their own than explain what actually happens during the birthing process. You are then gifted with the coolest and most awesome subject in your life, your child. Babies are cool; they have a personality of their own, however will stare at you as though they can see right through you and at the same time love you as though the world depended on it. It’s the most uncanny experience one can have and it’s a life changing one with that.

As the mother of your child goes through her adaptations so will you…this means certain things you did as a lad tend to slowly drift away, and somehow changing a diaper seems the priority of the day.

You start to “man up”, you negotiate your way through life rather than bulldoze your way through and finally you become that person you thought you would never have become. The next six months, is a juggle between crawling, standing, vomiting, diapers, more diapers and even more diapers…after that life flies by. Before you know it, it is off to high school, college and then you become a grandparent. Wait I have gone too fast, it’s okay you can hit the pause button every now and again, however just remember life is going to be as real as its ever going to be.

Always remember that every baby is different, there is no right or wrong way of doing things, you will work your way through a solution and finally somehow life just feels like it started. Enjoy it! And make sure you do the best job as a father as you can.