Fam­ily clinic pro­vides top an­te­na­tal care

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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.

Pic­ture:SUP­PLIED

MOTHERLY LOVE: Mid­wife of ABC Fam­ily Clinic, Marisce Black­aller Smal, holds one of the ba­bies at the Breath of Life Place of Safety Or­gan­i­sa­tion

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