Surfing and Midwifery; two passions in my life that are so interlinked. They have caused me to learn, develop and grow as a person, to travel and meet great people, to witness wonders of creation and to find purpose for my life. Both of them promote healthy lifestyles of which I am a great ambassador.
I am based in Jeffrey’s Bay – South Africa, a true surfers paradise. My passion for the ocean is intertwined with love for people and my desire to look after the people behind the waves. I co-founded ‘The Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic’in 2009, an NGO which commits to bringing quality midwifery care to the underprivileged in our local community. Simultaneously I started and independent midwifery practice and was the first midwife to ever conduct homebirths in the Jeffrey’s Bay area. I am passionate about empowering women (and their partners) to have the healthiest and most natural journey through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
My passion for the midwifery grew and I decided to further my studies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth in 2010. Eight years, three degrees and three research studies later, I proudly have finished my PhD. My heart burns more than ever to empower midwives to provide natural, midwife-led, woman-centred care.
Currently I am the general manager of Sister Lilian Centre (www.sisterlilian.co.za) and Sensitive Midwifery (www.senstivemidwifery.co.za), an education platform for midwives and parents. I am finding myself in a transitioning stage where my local, small scale operations, are developing into a national and international platform to be a voice and champion the midwifery profession as a whole. This is in line with my PhD, which is looking at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa.
Lastly, true fact, I can call myself a pro-surfer as I placed myslef twice at the WSL World Longboarding Championship (2013 and 2014). I love to compete every now and then in various surfing competitions, but it is and always have been just for fun!