Family clinic provides top antenatal care
ABC Family Clinic is an organisation that offers antenatal classes for women who are expecting.
Clinic midwife Marisce Blackaller Smal said it was important to acquire breastfeeding knowledge even before a baby arrived.
“For those who are only interested in breastfeeding, there is the option of attending breastfeeding classes before the birth of the baby.
“Once the baby has arrived and there are breastfeeding challenges, there are home visits offered.
“ABC Family Clinic was established in Cape Town in 2015 and relocated to East London in 2017. We are passionate about our work and especially working with mothers and babies. We believe that knowledge is power,” said Blackaller Smal.
She obtained her nursing degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2004, then joined a private hospital group working in their trauma unit. She furthered her studies, obtaining her post-graduate diplomas in Primary Health Care and Nursing Management.
Blackaller Smal said after her own breastfeeding difficulties, she decided to further her knowledge on the topic and has since qualified as a South African Certified Lactation Consultant (SACLC). She quickly learned that much of what she thought she knew about breastfeeding was outdated.
“I have a passion for working with mothers and I want no mother to go through the same challenges I had to face. I believe every mother is entitled to good current evidence-based information.”
In an effort to build awareness, she facilitates a Mommy Support Group where new mothers get together to support each other and to receive advice and guidance from her on various topics. She gives back to the community by donating her time, knowledge and skills to care for the babies at Breath of Life Place of Safety. She also tries to create awareness for the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) situated at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.
“Breastmilk is vital to premature babies and saves lives. If you would like to find out more on how and where you can donate breast milk you can either contact me or the main SABR branch at 011-482-1920 or visit: www.sabr.org.za,” she said.
MOTHERLY LOVE: Midwife of ABC Family Clinic, Marisce Blackaller Smal, holds one of the babies at the Breath of Life Place of Safety Organisation