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#DOULADIARIES A letter to Hillbrow

Dear Hillbrow, How many times have I walked under your trees, chatted on your street corners and worked in your maternity clinic? The smell of vetkoek and mielies that is being sold at the gate, the Halls and the R1 Read more…


#DoulaDiaries I’m just a doula

I’m just a doula. I’m not a witch doctor or miracle worker. But for the past six weeks life as I know it came to a standstill at the Midwives Obstetrics Unit that I am a volunteer at in Hillbrow. Read more…


#DOULADIARIES Natural Delivery 101

(Disclaimer: This blog is representative of my experiences as a doula. I have come to realize that every single birth is unique and different. There is no blog post that can cover all the different variations. Just like there are Read more…


#CSECTIONDIARIES What happens during a c-section?

For various reasons, you might need to have a planned cesarean section (c-section). There are various reasons you might need to have a c-section. Most health care professionals will say you need a c-section if your baby is breech (bum Read more…


#DoulaDiaries Why am I a doula

Falling pregnant with my Miss K, I had a lot of anxiety about the birthing process. It was fueled by my complete ignorance of what the process involved as well as the fear of birth itself. And to make matters Read more…


#WorstNightmare: The needlestick

Once every 39 seconds, a nurse in this country sustains a needlestick injury. While most needlestick injuries result in nothing more than a good scare, far too many of them result in serious, life-altering (and in some cases, life-ending) diseases. Read more…


Dear #CSectionMom (and the others who judge)

Hello! This is me. The c-section mom. Number 1 = elective. Did I want to try natural birth. Maybe. Then no. Do I regret that with Kiki, yes. So April is c-section awareness month. But what does it mean? Does Read more…


The doula.

You wake up early on a Sunday. The sun is peeking through the curtain, promising a beautiful day full of hope and dreams. It is time to get up. Coffee and a smoke. Then you take out the crisp pink Read more…


You know you are a doula when:

Your kids actually know where babies come from AND how they get out. Your kids know what a uterus is and where it is located. They know what a placenta is and what it does. (You have had a placenta Read more…


To the mom who lost her child

Dear N, When I walked in there this morning I was happy and cheerful. Signed the register, and went on my usual stroll around. And then I found you. At the bed by the window. Sitting quietly. Purple blanked wrapped Read more…