Sunita Potgieter Birth Story

Sunita Potgieter Birth Story

My story about an amazing experience at Kathleen’s Mother and Baby Unit ❤ Sunita and I found out we were becoming parents on the 16th of December 2022. We were quite taken aback about the idea of having our first born in the next 9 months, but we had to get thinking! We struggled to […]

Tertia VRVO My Birth Story

Tertia VRVO My Birth Story

My story begins with hope… I hope we will be able to have another child, a sibling for our daughter Elizabeth. After Elizabeth’s birth, we struggled to get pregnant again. We tried and tried, for almost 7 years and nothing. We gave up hope that we will be able to expand our family. On my […]

What is morning sickness and how can I treat it?

What is morning sickness and how can I treat it

So you just found out that you are pregnant…such fantastic and exciting news….but then you start experiencing morning sickness….. Morning sickness (which can include nausea and tender breasts) usually starts at around the sixth week of pregnancy. While common in the first trimester, some women experience nausea and/or vomiting throughout their pregnancy, day or night. […]

Carla Estherhuizen’s Birth Story

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Sr Kathleen was placed on our path by God for a reason. At 36 weeks pregnant our birth plan had to change, and we […]

Braxton-Hicks Contractions vs. Real Labor Contractions

Young discontent pregnant woman feels bad because of contractions, touches belly and has cramps, suffers from abdominal pain, going to give birth to baby, prepares for parenthood. Expectant mother

Braxton-Hicks contractions, also known as false labor pains, are contractions of the uterus that typically are not felt until the second or third trimester of the pregnancy. Braxton-Hicks contractions are the body’s way of preparing for true labor, but they do not indicate that labor has begun. What are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions […]

Rahima’s Birth Story

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This being my third pregnancy after the initial one being a natural delivery with an epidural, then a c-section I believe I was duped into… I really wanted another natural delivery. Alas, the very gynae I’d consulted after the c-section on how long to wait before conceiving again, and conceiving another 4 months after her […]

The importance of ultrasound examinations

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Pregnant women routinely undergo ultrasound examination. This examination is usually a happy moment and the parents often come away with their “first selfie” of their new baby. The ultrasound, however, has a very important diagnostic function which can provide critical information to the new parents regarding the health of their baby. At Kathleen’s Mother and […]

Evidence on Doulas

Often, when I introduce myself as a Doula, I am confronted with the question: “You’re a WHAT?”To explain my journey, I must start at the beginning. I have to start 12 years ago when we were expecting our first baby and I sat in the car (about halfway through my pregnancy) and told a friend […]

3rd Trimester of pregnancy

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What Is the Third Trimester of Pregnancy and What can you expect? The third trimester is the last phase of your pregnancy. It lasts from weeks 28 to 40 weeks, or months 7, 8, and 9. Although you only have a few weeks to go before baby is born, these weeks can be the most […]

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