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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Gynaecology

Miracle Mom: Tansey Coetzee’s battle with endometriosis

Tansey Sodeinde is a seasoned model, dancer and beauty pageant titleholder The former Miss South Africa has also placed in the top-five at Miss World and within the Top-15 at Miss Universe.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Liquid gold: The benefits of breast milk

Breast milk is not just food for baby – it provides potent health-giving properties for mom, too. Dr Jonathan Buckley, a paediatric nephrologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers a closer look at

Babies (up to 1 year)

Everything you need to know about vaccinations

Regular vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping your child infection-free. Dr Evan Shoul, an Infectious Disease specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre Mediclinic, explains further. In the past,

Babies (up to 1 year)

Baby brain development: What’s happening inside that little head?

The first three years of your baby’s life are crucial for brain development. This means it’s a time of great opportunity. NORMAL BABY MILESTONES 6 WEEKS ▶ Your baby will

Children (1 to 12 years)

Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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Babies (up to 1 year)

Talk to me, baby

Syllable by syllable, your baby’s language skills develop slowly at first. Stimulating your child will encourage them to learn, and help prevent language delays. “There are milestones in children’s language

Babies (up to 1 year)

First aid for babies

Treating babies and toddlers at the Emergency Centre can be tricky, since they can’t verbalise their ailment. But with a little knowledge of what to do – and what to

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

Children (1 to 12 years)

Extraordinary: Parenting a child with autism

“Having your child diagnosed with Autism isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a somewhat different and special chapter.” When Claudette De Witt gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, she

Children (1 to 12 years)

A different life: Living with cystic fibrosis

When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Nicole Capper first wanted to hide away from the world. Then she decided to fight back.  TATUM WAS BORN AT A

Babies (up to 1 year)

It begins: a successful emergency C-Section

Long-distance trail runners Landie and Christiaan Greyling first met at an Adventure Race. Now, as the proud parents of little Christopher, they’re embarking on a whole new kind of challenge. 

Babies (up to 1 year)

This is how your hearing changes as you age

Ever noticed how older people don’t hear so well, while some children hear perfectly well, but never listen? Science shows how our hearing develops – and then slowly degenerates – as we age.

Children (1 to 12 years)

4 Simple activities that aid toddler development

Four key areas of early childhood development, and the simple activities that will keep your toddler on track.

Pregnancy

The 10 risks associated with advanced maternal age (geriatric pregnancy)

Worldwide, many women are choosing to have children later in life in order to study, start a career or to pursue personal goals. Many couples also strive for financial security before having a family.

Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Your baby’s first 72 hours: what to expect

Having a child is a life-changing event. And while the day of a baby’s arrival is full of excitement and activity, the first 72 hours after birth are a critically important period in terms of your newborn’s health.

Gynaecology

How fertility doctors assess and administer treatment options

If you and your partner are struggling to fall pregnant, it can have a devastating effect on your relationship and on your mental health. Fortunately, Mediclinic offers a wide array of treatments – ranging from basic medication to more complex fertility treatments.

Pregnancy

5 Things gynaes wished every pregnant mom knew

Being pregnant is an exciting – and very confusing – time. So what are the key things your gynae really wants you to know? Two experts from the Mediclinic network spill the beans.

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