Joys of parenthood celebrated

LEPHALALE — Staff of Mediclinic Lephalale and expectant parents celebrated Pregnancy Awareness Week on Saturday 22 February. The event was held at the hospital grounds where stalls with informative and creative items for the new moms could be obtained.

The joyous occasion, where new lives were celebrated, was opened with prayer by Dr Mariëtte Emslie, Hospital Manager at Mediclinic Lephalale.

Prospective parents were also allowed to discuss their fears and joys with experts. The parents could then go on a tour of the hospital’s maternity ward, theatre and rooms.

Prizes were given to, for example, the mother with the youngest pregnancy (11 weeks) and the youngest mother (seventeen).

Pregnancy Awareness Week takes place in February each year and is a way to strengthen pregnancy education and stress important issues that promote a healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood.

According to Dr Craig Thompson of the University of Stellenbosch, more than 135 million women give birth per year and about 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19 give birth each year. They account for more than 10% of all births.

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