Useful Information

I am passionate about preparation for parenthood and regularly review my own knowledge to ensure I am up to date with the latest information. I like to recommend the following websites:

Independent Midwives – website for the Independent Midwives Professional Association of Cape Town


Antenatal Classes

The Birth Hub – South Peninsula antenatal classes which include hypnobirthing techniques

Birth Options – with Susan Lees in Plumstead – with Joann Lugt in Pinelands courses – with Emma Numanoglou in Rondebosch

Other Birth Preparation Courses

General information and preparation for birth: – reviews the evidence on various pregnancy and birth topics

Baby Centre – a UK-based site that has a wealth of information and good message boards for support

Spinning Babies – a website dedicated to helping you achieve optimal fetal positioning, particularly if baby is breech

Baby Talk – SA Expectant Parents guide – USA site with good advice about exercise in pregnancy

Information on Home Births:

Homebirth – a website dedicated to home births in South Africa

Home Birth Reference Site – a UK-based website about home birth which features helpful birth stories and information

Equipment for home/ hospital births can be sourced:

Birthworks – birth pools and other equipment for rent in Cape Town – TENS hire and information CT

Organic / Natural/ Eco -friendly products

Wellness Warehouse – exercise balls, supplements, eco-friendly products online store – comparison of diffferent types of nappies

For information on breastfeeding:

The Breastfeeding Network - independent source of information and support about breastfeeding

La Leche League South Africa – information and support for breastfeeding with local chapters in most areas

For alternative care during pregnancy or for your new baby, I can recommend the following practitioners:

Regine LeGrand & Barry Birkett – for chiropractic care, based near Fish Hoek 021-7851758

Dr. JJ Farrell – City Bowl

Keryn White – Homeopath in Fish Hoek 021-7824363

Tanya Botha – Osteopath, based in Claremont and Plumstead

General sites:

Cape Medical Response – private paramedic service covering The South Peninsula area – worth considering their services if you are having a home birth in their area. I also recommend their services more generally for your family and peace of mind.

Fetal Assessment Clinic – for your 12 – 14 week and 22 week scan during pregnancy – budget option for maternity scans

Milk Matters – a charity based in Cape Town that collects and supplies breast milk to babies in need

Post Natal Depression Support Association South Africa – for support and information post-partum

Angela The Midwife