28 Oct 2016
October 28, 2016

Research funding approved

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Good news to share !       (October 2016) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have approved the funding of our research project, called “Immediate Kangaroo Mother Care Study”. This will take place in Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and India, and will test whether skin-to-skin contact (SSC) started immediately after birth and practised continuously even on.. read more →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Obstetric Violence in South Africa

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OBSTETRIC VIOLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA GUEST EDITORIAL South African Medical journal 424 May 2016, Vol. 106, No. 5 Abusive practices in obstetric care settings have been reported in the USA since the 1950s. However, it is only since the 2000s that this issue has been identified as a worldwide health and social problem. [1] The.. read more →

Dr Nils Bergman has recently had the second of two papers published that he has been working on for several years. Parents around the world are being told to put their babies to sleep on their backs(supine sleep) to protect them against SIDS. Nils’  first paper explains HOW sleeping on your back decreases the risk.. read more →

The benefits of using water for labour and birth are well known… Here are the facts… Relaxing in a deep pool of warm water can be a wonderful aid in labour. It’s worth having a pool mainly for this reason. Using a birth pool helps mothers to manage pain in labour and considerably reduces the need for medical pain relief. The.. read more →

The benefits of using water for labour and birth are well known… Here are the facts… Relaxing in a deep pool of warm water can be a wonderful aid in labour. It’s worth having a pool mainly for this reason. Using a birth pool helps mothers to manage pain in labour and considerably reduces the need for medical pain relief. The.. read more →

77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life – UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92038.html Delayed breastfeeding increases risk of newborn deaths by up to 80 per cent NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them.. read more →

27 Jul 2016
July 27, 2016

Caesarean birth with many benefits

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https://www.facebook.com/335039466594357/videos/1007609032670727 This was seen on a friends blog: “A friend had the most gorgeous gentle cesarean yesterday-it was quite a journey because her local hospital refused to entertain any of her wishes, so she had to move to another hospital where she found the most supportive consultant (Dr Andy Simm at Nottingham City hospital), who.. read more →

When all newborns get injections they should be skin to skin on mother.  This article was translated  from the Swedish article http://www.newsner.com/forskning-det-haender-naer-mammor-baer-sina-nyfoedda-barn-direkt-mot-huden  “Skin to Skin Contact (SSC) also known as Kangaroo Mother Care is good for your baby, especially if the baby is born too early. A study from Örebro University shows that premature babies’ pain.. read more →

12 Jul 2016
July 12, 2016

Expectant fathers

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TO ALL EXPECTANT FATHERS Don`t ever fear that you cannot do anything to give support during the birth of your child! You haven’t done this before and may feel apprehensive or as one Dad asked me; “What happens if I can’t fix the pain when my wife is in labour?”. You cannot “fix” it –.. read more →

Some of my most wonderful experiences have been: Of having doctors prepared to change their routines to have a baby calm in immediate skin to skin contact on mothers chest with delayed cord clamping in the operating room during a caesarean , and being so surprised at how calm the baby is! Of four sets.. read more →