SEC­OND GEN­ER­A­TION, SAME MID­WIFE!

Your Pregnancy - - Bump Talk -

Thirty-three years ago Kevin McEn­derry was born at Ad­ding­ton Hos­pi­tal in Dur­ban. He was de­liv­ered by Syd­ney Grové, who was then sec­ond in charge of the labour suite. On 6 March, Syd­ney, who is now gen­eral man­ager of Ori­gin Fam­ily-Cen­tred Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal in Panorama, Parow, as well as be­ing an ad­vanced and clin­i­cal ac­coucheur (male mid­wife) spe­cial­ist, was in at­ten­dance when Kevin’s son Kieran was born. Mother Ni­cole McEn­derry had to have a cae­sarean sec­tion, and Syd­ney was present in Ori­gin’s op­er­at­ing the­atre when Kieran was born. All of Ori­gin’s mid­wives are trained in op­er­at­ing the­atre pro­ce­dures, and Syd­ney has as­sisted at all cae­sare­ans car­ried out at Ori­gin. He says, “I’m al­ways bump­ing into women whose ba­bies I’ve helped them birth, but be­ing in at­ten­dance at the birth of the baby of a baby I de­liv­ered over 30 years ago is a first!” Syd­ney was the first male clin­i­cal tu­tor to teach Mid­wifery in SA, and he has de­liv­ered over 23 000 ba­bies. He re­ceived an SA Samar­i­tan Award for his as­sis­tance on site at the 1998 Planet Hol­ly­wood ex­plo­sion. Ori­gin Fam­i­lyCen­tred Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal is the only ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal in the Western Cape that still of­fers wa­ter­births, and has six cus­tom-made birth baths. For more info, con­tact Syd­ney Grové at Ori­gin Fam­ily-Cen­tred Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal, on 021 911 0650; email syd­ney.grove@omhs.co.za; or visit orig­in­ma­ter­ni­ty­hos­pi­tals.co.za.

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