Pregnancy and Paediatrics

This section provides expert tips on pregnancy, babies and looking after children up to 12 from our leading paediatricians, general practitioners and gynaecologists.

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Pregnancy and Paediatrics

8 things to know about NIPT testing

What is non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)? Mediclinic Precise’s NIPT is a blood test performed during pregnancy that identifies whether your baby has a higher chance of having certain chromosomal conditions,

Gynaecology

5 ways to a healthy pregnancy

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting and bewildering times of your life. These steps help ensure you – and your unborn baby – stay healthy. Go for

Nursing

Caring for the most vulnerable – celebrating World Prematurity Day

“Where does one begin on what makes your neonatal nurse special because they play a very important role in your family’s life? It is not easy to have your baby

Healthy Life

Grieving for children lost too soon

Losing a baby during pregnancy or in infancy is a devastating and heart-breaking experience for parents and their families. As it is a subject that is often not spoken about,

Babies (up to 1 year)

Breastfeeding is good for your baby – and for you! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Breast milk is best for a baby’s health, and breastfeeding is beneficial to moms.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Patient Stories

First-class delivery

A new mom shares how Mediclinic Cape Town and the Mediclinic Baby programme made her journey from pregnancy to birth a stress-free experience to treasure.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Diarrhoea in children: when to worry

Stomach upsets can be anything from unpleasant to distressing – but when it’s your child experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting, it can have serious consequences.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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Pregnancy

Understanding Down syndrome [INFOGRAPHIC]

People with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome, which causes various mental and physical symptoms and effects. We explain more about this condition.

Pregnancy

Should I see a fertility specialist?​ [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than a year (or six months if you’re over age 35), it’s best to see a fertility specialist who can help determine why you’re having difficulty and offer possible treatment options.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Preemie twins on the mend

Having spent the first 373 days of their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mediclinic Panorama, the Malan twins are about to turn three.

Healthy Life

Take care of your mental health

Untreated depression can lead to a poor quality of life and increases your risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

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