Sister Lilian Centre & Sensitive Midwifery
Currently I am, proudly so, the General Manager of Sister Lilian Centre & Sensitive Midwifery. The Sister Lilian Centre is South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth and baby care resource, and shares sound advice to help all pregnant women, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grans and granddads everywhere to have a better, happier, healthier experience of the journey called family! Sensitive Midwifery is the professional brand of the company Sister Lilian Centre (PTY) Ltd. Sensitive Midwifery aims to improve midwifery, pregnancy, birth, and parenting by providing midwives and associated maternity professionals with professional inspiration, updated evidence-based information, insights, and perspectives that highlight the benefits of natural, physiological, instinctive care of mothers and babies. This is done through three main initiatives; Sensitive Midwifery Symposium, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine, and Sensitive Midwifery Academy. In addition, regular research updates, useful tips, and relevant observations are posted on Sensitive Midwifery social media.
The Healthy Mom and Baby Centre
I am the co-founder of The Healthy Mom and Baby Centre (HMBC) in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. HMBC is a non-profit organization committed to improve the lives of mothers and babies and bringing professional midwifery care to the underprivileged. We empower women to make informed decisions about their lives, health and families during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.
We partner with the Department of Health and are financially supported by friends and businesses. A private midwife practice is incorporated in the clinic and women support an underprivileged mother or baby by making use of our private service. We have opportunities for volunteers and students. If you want to get involved or support our beautiful centre hop onto our website: The Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic or Turn The Tide.
Ante Natal Care: I offer professional care throughout pregnancy. You can make an appointment for your first visit after you confirmed you are pregnant. During the visit I will look at the growth and well-being of your baby, your blood pressure, iron levels, urine analysis and a once off blood test. This time will allow you to ask all your questions and empower you to make informed decisions. Together we will work out the right way and place for your baby to be born.
Midwives work together with doctors. It is required to see a midwife or doctor monthly initially, two weekly visits between week 30 and 36, and weekly visit in the last month of your pregnancy. Ideally you should be seen 2 or 3 times by your back-up doctor: between 8-16 weeks for a dating scan and as a referral for any problems, 18-22 for the all-inclusive scan, and again between 36-40 weeks so that he/she can have you on their birthing list. Should you go past 41 weeks, you will also be seen by your doctor for an assessment whether an induction might be necessary.
Midwives screen for complications and refer to a doctor should they occur. This might put you in the ‘high-risk’ category and you will be in the hands of the doctor as your primary care provider. They are specialist when things are not going the normal way. However, some complications can still be dealt with by me in conjunction with your back – up doctor. I embrace a multi-disciplinary approach.
Ante Natal Classes: I strongly advise couples to attend ante-natal classes. There is a wealth of information available out there, but a face-to-face session with a certified educator will just put you at ease and bring all the bits of information together. My experience is that especially the partners benefit tremendously from these sessions as they don’t engage in reading up as much as the pregnant women. I do group classes and individual sessions. For online ante natal classes and education visit https://sisterlilian.co.za.
Topics that are included: Anatomy and physiology, exercises and posture, pregnancy niggles, watching your weight and health, signs of labour, stages of labour, birth, inductions, complications, caesarean section, pain relief options, breastfeeding, adjusting to life after birth, newborn care, etc.
Birth Options: I am currently only doing home births and no hospital births. If you are in the low-risk category, given you have a back-up doctor and a referral hospital within 20 min proximity from your home, you are a perfect candidate! I mainly do home births in Port Elizabeth as we don’t have back-up doctors in the Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St-Francis Bay area. Looking for a midwife in your area? Visit: https://sisterlilian.co.za/midwives-allied-health-professionals/
Skype Discovery Calls: I also offer Skype Discovery Calls where we can connect and I can help you navigate through the questions you might have. Keep in mind, these are not official consultations, but I am here to help answers all your questions as circumstances permit. If you’d like more information, email me to book your discovery call today: click here.