I’m almost 31 weeks pregnant with baby number 3 and to be honest, all I am doing now is researching! You would think I am an expert now when it comes to certain topics but the truth is there’s always so much more to learn about! I’ve put together a list of important websites I think you need to know about in South Africa including groups that can assist you with support and answer any questions you may have about a certain topic.
Websites Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About in South Africa:
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1. SA Multiple Birth Association
SAMBA provides moral and practical support to parents or guardians of multiple births (the primary purpose). They educate parents/guardians on different aspects of multiple births.
2. Kelly Mom
This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.
3. Arrive Alive
Pregnancy and Safe Driving.
4. Milk Matters
Milk Matters is a community-based breast milk bank that pasteurizes and distributes donations of screened breast milk from healthy donors to premature, ill and vulnerable babies whose own mothers cannot supply the breast milk to meet their baby’s needs. Milk Matters also facilitates the setting up of milk banks in health institutions.
5. Department of Labour – Maternity Leave info
A basic guide to maternity leave in South Africa.
Find a Doula in South Africa.
7. Placenta Encapsulation South Africa
Placenta encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is dehydrated and ground into a course powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look exactly just like any other vitamin or supplement we might take. Mothers then consume these capsules to help them rebound from the birth, avoid postpartum blues, and boost their milk supply.
8. Car seat Full Stop
Everything you need to know about car seat safety in South Africa.
9. Council for Medical Schemes
Learn about your medical aid rights and the regulations in South Africa.
10. What to Expect
Track pregnancy week-by-week, chat with other moms and find information on baby and toddler development, pregnancy symptoms and more.
11. Baby Center
Everything you need to know about Pregnancy.
12. Salveo – Cord blood and stem cells storage
Everything you need to know about stem cells and how to store them in South Africa.
13. Home births South Africa
A website dedicated to giving birth at home in South Africa.
14. Birth works
Information about hiring birth equipment.
15. Mediclinic Expert Articles
16. Sister Lillian
South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth, and baby care expert.
17. Wheel well
Car seat safety. Parents in Gauteng can also get used car seats that have been cleaned and safety checked for an affordable donation.
Events/Expos focused on Pregnancy and Motherhood websites:
Shopping/Baby Registry websites:
1. Babies R us
4. Baby City
9. Exact baby
10. Earth child
11. Sticky Fudge
14. Cotton on baby
Private Vaccination Bookings:
I find these places are quick and easy to get a booking plus you earn points at some of them for your rewards card!
Mom support groups:
6. La Leche League South Africa (Breastfeeding)
Would you like to add a website to the list? Let me know in the comments.