Pregnancy can be an unsure time for both first time mothers and those with more than one child as each baby and pregnancy is unique.
Mediclinic Limpopo on Friday hosted a Pregnancy Awareness Expo in Polokwane as part of their celebration of February as Pregnancy Awareness Month. The objective of this expo was to give expecting parents the opportunity to take a look at all the services and products available to them and their babies.
Mediclinic Limpopo Paediatric Unit Manager Hannelize Weyers explained that the focus of this year’s exhibition was wider than previous years as it included all the information a parent may need from pregnancy until the child is in pre-school.
“We are here to help and guide parents through every stage of development and we also show them what to look out for and what to do in cases of serious illness or emergencies. Parents don’t want to see the ICU equipment here, but they must take note of it and realise that we are able to take care of their children no matter how sick they are,” she said, referring to Mediclinic Limpopo’s neo-natal and paediatric intensive care units.
Parents also had the opportunity to find out more about 4D ultrasound scanning, with which they can see their baby more clearly in the womb than regular ultrasounds, from Roentes 4D Ultrasound.
Officials from the Department of Labour were on hand to explain pregnancy benefits and representatives of the Department of Home Affairs were proud to announce that they had an office at Mediclinic Limpopo and could register a baby before it is even discharged. “We don’t want mothers to have to queue in order to register their children,” Home Affairs Registry Officer Moshate Ramogale said.
Mediclinic Limpopo medical personnel were on hand to explain the hospital group’s Mediclinic Baby Programme, an exclusive programme available to all parents whose babies are born at Mediclinic hospitals. The programme includes a pregnancy journal, free relevant pregnancy and postnatal information on a weekly basis via email, and a free award-winning pregnancy app for iPhone or Android.
The programme also offers a DVD range covering topics such as bathing or breastfeeding babies and tailor-made antenatal courses, presented by childbirth professionals. In-hospital perks include a luxury baby bag with everything a baby will need for the first few days, a certificate with the baby’s footprints, the option to announce the baby’s birth with a photo on Mediclinic’s website, first immunisations, and a ‘Baby’s First Year’ book filled with valuable information and tips.
Story and photos: MARKI FRANKEN