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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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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
Pregnancy

Foetal testing in the future

Imagine a world where chromosomal abnormalities could be detected – and fixed – while a foetus is still in the womb.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #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
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
Gynaecology

What you need to know: C-section [INFOGRAPHIC]

How does a C-section work? Who needs one? Why? How long will it take? How long will it take to recover? Are there complications? We answer all your FAQs about C-sections.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Off to the paediatrician?

Dr Okwudili Edward-Pascal Akarue, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Highveld, shares the top reasons why parents visit him.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Beach safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

The summer holidays are the perfect time to relax and have fun at the beach, but remember that accidents can happen at any time.

Use these tips to keep your family safe at the beach.

Children (1 to 12 years)

A story of care and reassurance

“It was such an emotional and scary time for our family, but our experience was such a good one. The staff of Mediclinic Victoria were amazing. Everyone provided excellent care.”

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