“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength” – Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD
Childbirth in South Africa has in recent decades become progressively medicalized and institutionalised, to a point where the rates of interventions sadly no longer always benefit the mothers and babies subjected to them. What should be a beautiful and sacred experience often becomes a disappointing and traumatic event, with negative effects on bonding, breastfeeding and a mother’s believe in her ability to successfully raise her child. Because of this, women are increasingly taking a more active role in making decisions about their bodies and their births.
Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. The word ‘midwife’ literally means ‘with women’. Midwives promote wellness in the women and babies they care for, both in their own right and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. The midwifery model is in no way opposed to medical intervention, but believe that most women in low-risk pregnancies can safely give birth naturally and with little or no intervention, unless medically necessary.
Women deserve safe options in childbirth and to give birth in the ways that their bodies were designed to do. They have the right to make educated, informed decisions about their healthcare, including the choices they have for maternity care providers and birth locations.
Midwives Exclusives is a lovely and unique Pretoria-based midwifery practice, consisting of 4 passionate midwives and a team of support personnel who all strive to ensure that mothers and babies receive the personal care that they need to make their pregnancies, births and the weeks thereafter safe, positive and rewarding experiences. Browse through our site for more information on the services we offer and for interesting articles providing information on gentle and natural birth and parenting options. If this is what you want we would love to join you on your journey to a positive birth experience and an excellent start to being a parent!
“To speak of birth, to touch people’s hearts and souls and to awaken that part of humankind that has forgotten that it matters enormously how a baby comes into this world – that is our task.” - Vicki Chan and Nick Edmondstone