World Prematurity Day has become a hallmark day of celebration at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in recent years. This year the institution had more reason to celebrate after overcoming challenges including a strike at the maternity ward in July.
Most sex workers hide what they do for a living from those closest to them – especially their own children, causing pain and distrust mainly because South Africa does not legitimise their work.
Postnatal depression doesn’t only threaten the health of parents. Failing to bond with babies in their crucial first months of life can predispose a child to range of mental health and developmental problems. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out why South African parents, especially mothers, are depressed and what it could take to lift their moods through connecting with their new-borns.
Fears about prolonged labours and enlarged babies’ heads are driving some pregnant women to opt for traditional medicine instead of doctors’ prescriptions – but nurses say it may be a dangerous gamble.