SECOND GENERATION, SAME MIDWIFE!
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 syd[email protected]; or visit originmaternityhospitals.co.za.