Midwifery services offered
The midwives at Eden Natural Birth offer a variety of different services from pre and postnatal care and advice, to pregnancy massage and aromatherapy for both mother and baby. Below you will find a list of services offered and a brief explanation of each. Feel free to contact us for any further information.
We offer the following services:
Home assisted birth
Pre and post natal checkups and guidance
Newborn care and weighing
Birthing pool hire
Aromatherapy and massage
The midwife listens to the baby’s heart and traces its body with her hand, talking to the mother as she does so about what they can both feel. She then fixes the blood pressure cuff and starts to blow it up. The child is intrigued as she explains it, and then enjoys trying it himself. This way prenatal checkups are fun for the older child. He learns about how babies are born in the most natural way possible and is shown how to feel the firm curve of the babies bottom – delighted when a little foot kicks against his hand. The new baby will not come as a surprise or as an alien invader, but as someone whom he has already learned about and interacted with.
This kind of relationship with a child is much easier when prenatal care takes place at home so that the older child is in a familiar environment, the midwife seen not as a stranger, but as a friend of the family.
To feel safe and empowered. To give birth with dignity and joy, at ease in your own space and surrounded by those you love is certainly the most blessed experience that a new mother and her baby can share.
Many women feel attracted to water in labour and find immersion in the warm pool water a helpful way to relax and surrender to the involuntary forces at work in their bodies and to ease the pain and discomfort of strong contractions.
At Eden Natural Birth we offer the possible option of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) to clients who have undergone previous surgical birth.
We work in partnership with select local obstetricians for optimum VBAC success and safety. Please see the website I.C.A.N - International Caesarean Awareness Network for further information on Vaginal Birth after Caesarean.
Prenatal check ups and guidance
At prenatal appointments, which are typically 1- 1.5 hours long, we discuss all aspects of your wellbeing, including all the nutritional, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects involved in birth. This is a big time in a woman's life and indeed, in a family's life as a whole.
Appointments take place in our consulting rooms at Far Hills.
New born care and weighing
We offer advice on newborn feeding, sleeping, weight gain and any other postpartum issues.
Birthing pool hire
At Eden Natural Birth we offer a birthing pool hire service.
Easy to arrange and set up; the use of a birthing pool for relaxation and pain relief in labour is incomparable.
We approach the subject of birth using a combination of different techniques and examples which include the use of dolls and model pelvises, birthing pools, graphics, film and real life simulation.
We teach massage and breathing techniques for pain relief, and use amazing birth stories to inform and inspire, with plenty of time for discussion in every class and innumerable valuable tips and hints for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
The word "Doula" is a Greek word meaning "women helping women" and it originates from the age old tradition of having experienced, capable and motherly birth attendants present, continually supporting and caring for the labouring mother and newborn. With the advent of modern "medicalized" birth, and the current trend of a highly interventionistic management and approach to labour and birth, the vital role of trusted female support and care has been largely overlooked and forgotten. Yet countless studies have proven that the presence of a doula reduces the overall caesarean section rate by 50%, reduces the length of labour by 40%, reduces artificial oxytocin use by 40%, reduces the use of pain medication by 30%, requests for an epidural by 60%, and enhances bonding between mother and baby and eases the process of breastfeeding.
This is an excellent option for women who are either uninterested in a midwifery led birth or are unable to find the hospital support for one.
Medical Aid Assistance
Most medical aids cover a portion homebirths, a certain number of pre and postnatal appointments and prenatal classes. Pre - authorisation is required. Please check with your individual medical aid!
Aromatherapy and Massage
Trained in both aromatherapy and massage with many years of experience as a practitioner, Mandi has found that massage is an invaluable birthing tool that is great for pre and post birth, and particularly helpful during labour.
During labour massage assists in easing the pain and tension felt during contractions, stimulating the flow of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain killers, as well as aiding in keeping the mother calm, relaxed and connected to her body throughout the birth process.
Midwife Led Hospital Birth
For women who like the idea of the highly personalised care that a midwife provides, but who would like to give birth in hospital rather than at home, Eden Natural Birth offers the option of midwife- led hospital birth.
This option is currently available at the hospitals listed below where we partner with the corresponding obstetricians to provide a birth experience that is comparable to home birth in its intimacy and care, but is based in a hospital setting.
Bayview Hospital in Mossel Bay with Dr. Anemmi Shuda