Michelle van der westhuizen
Registered Nurse and Midwife
Registered Nurse & Midwife, Diploma (4 years) in general Nursing, midwifery, psychiatry and community. Honnors degree in Psychology and Sociology. Honnours degree in Psychology, Registered Counsellor, Infant massage, Internationally certified childbirth educator, Baby Dunston instructor
Welcome to my childbirth education and baby wellness clinic. My moto is to take care of you and yours Making this an experience you will remember and look back on with nostalgia. These are some of the topics we cover:
Complete preparation for childbirth, labour, breastfeeding and the challenges that face new parents. Packed hospital bags also available.
Bimonthly get-together for new mothers. Fun topics! Come and chat to other mothers, share experiences and have a cup of tea.
Breastfeeding support and equipment:
Continued support and assistance with breastfeeding. Breast pumps available for sale or to hire.
Immunisation clinic on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Information on what is new and available, e.g. six-in-one immunization. By appointment only. Personal attention to explain side effects and how to act.
This invaluable tool aids to calm baby, sleeping better, bonding with mom and dad, helps with colic, decreased postnatal depression and greatly improve outcomes for special needs and premature babies.
About Me - Michelle van der Westhuizen:
I trained at the Sharley Cribb nursing college in Port Elizabeth. Sharley Cribb is renowned in the Eastern Cape for it's history in Nurse Training. Like myself, many other nursing sisters can confirm that their grandmother trained here. I completed my four year diploma there, did my practical at every provincial hospital in Port Elizabeth and the one in Uitenhage. This includes clinics and MOUs across PE and Uitenhage.
I also completed an Honnors degree in Psychology and Sociology and the intership to complete my qualfication as Psycological counsellor.
After completing my studies, I started out working at the Westend MOU in Salsoneville, Westend in Port Elizabeth. I was privileged that the unit had not as yet opened and could together, with my colleagues, give input into the needs of this beautiful unit. The deliveries were done by the sisters with referrals of complications via Livingstone Hospital. The antenatal clinic was also run by the MOU staff and postnatal check ups were performed here.
Following this very wonderful opportunity for experience, I went to work at the St Georges Hospital. The postnatal ward and adjacent antenatal ward proved a great opportunity for learning, with many complicated cases and emergencies. It also provided the opportunity to learn from a legend Midwife (Anna Tait) who was the best breastfeeding consultant I have met thus far. The nursery and labour ward provided the opportunity to learn these fields within the borders of the private sector.
I now reside in the local SOS Villages where my husband works. Indeed it was time for a new challenge and the aim of the antenatal classes, is to provide new parents with all the information they require. I also provide the postnatal support they require to enable them to become confident parents with the tools they need for this very challenging task.
I am involved in accompanying student midwives as they learn in the provincial hospital. As my interest lies in helping mothers with their new offspring, I take a keen interest in visiting shelters and childrens homes.
I have also become involved in providing nappies, clothes and baby products for mothers with financial burdens. My postnatal group provides baby clothes and we make up bags with an outfit, nappies and products that I take to the local provincial hospitals. A few pamphlets containing basic information and Contact information is also provided.
Corner of Buffelsfontein and Titan way
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