LEPHALALE — Staff members of Mediclinic Lephalale, together with moms- and dads-to-be, celebrated Mothers-to-be Day at a lodge outside Lephalale on Saturday 2 February 2019.
Dalene de Villiers, hospital Manager at Mediclinic Lephalale, said that this special day is held in February because pregnancy month is celebrated worldwide during February. She opened the event appropriately by reading Psalm 139:13-14 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”.
She emphasized that the pregnant mothers were the guests of honour and “the dads are equally welcome”.
“My wish is that when you leave here today, you will feel empowered and ready for the huge responsibility of being a parent. Being pregnant and having a baby is one of the biggest miracles in life,” she said.
She thanked Celia Sharp, unit manager at Lephalale Mediclinic, and her team for organizing the event and for all their hard work regarding the decorations.
Dalene thereafter introduced the team, because “it is good to see a familiar face when you arrive at the hospital for delivery. This team is the best in Lephalale regarding skill and knowledge,” she said.
The first speaker for the day was Dr Mariette Emslie. She talked about ultrasound scans and explained that the best time for the first ultrasound is when the mother is around 6-8 weeks pregnant. The second ultrasound scan can be done at 12 weeks, then between 18-22 weeks and the 3D scan can be done when the mother is 28-30 weeks pregnant. “Scans help us monitor the baby’s growth. You don’t need to go all the way to Pretoria or Johannesburg, we offer the very same services in Lephalale.
Dr Hester Stander was next in line with the topic “old wives’ tales”. As an example, she said that the sex of a baby can never be told by the size of the mother’s tummy or the way she carries the baby. She warned the mothers-to-be to stay away from raw meat, fish and soft cheeses.
Dr Christine Fuls with a diploma in Early Childhood Development as well as Mental Health, taught the parents-to-be more aware of certain milestones that have to be reached at a certain age.
Dietician Nelia Jordan addressed breastfeeding and formula (bottle) feeding and she smothered many prejudices about breast being the best.
She said the amount of weight a mother gains during pregnancy should be just the weight of the baby and that it takes much more energy to make milk every day than it takes energy to carry a baby for nine months.
Sister Hlamalani Modise ended the formalities with explaining the importance of immunization.
Dalene asked a few questions to the parents-to-be to make sure they listened to what the speakers had to say and great prizes were handed out.
Yolindi Joubert, Elmien Booyse, Hohanku Meuer, Marnelle Human, Liza-Mari Craill en Cuan and Sonette McCabe were the good listeners and the lucky winners.