motherhood

 
​A single woman counts the cost of having a baby
​A single woman counts the cost of having a baby
WOMEN’S RIGHTSConnie, 29, was expecting her second child. She was on the radio, asking for advice on how to invest her R5 000. She did...
What I wish I knew about pregnancy and giving birth
What I wish I knew about pregnancy and giving birth
I gave birth to my first child, a beautiful baby boy, six months  ago. I’m so excited to be a part of the “new mommy” club, but I’m giving a lot of people the side eye for not telling me the really important...
Simple SMS system keeps a close watch on Rwanda’s babies
Simple SMS system keeps a close watch on Rwanda’s babies
Using an old cellphone, health worker Floride Uwinkesha logs the latest pregnancy in isolated rural areas of Rwanda.
From baby to boardroom - the importance of employing mothers
From baby to boardroom - the importance of employing mothers
When women become mothers one of their fears is they will lose themselves. Rather than seeing pregnancy and birth as a learning experience or a...
Why I rejected life as a Mormon mother
Why I rejected life as a Mormon mother
Carys Bray grew up with the certainty that her God-ordained destiny was to become a mother. So when she was beset by the all too familiar...
How to wean moms off the bottle
How to wean moms off the bottle
'Every time he struggles with his school work I blame myself as a mother," says Geraldine Niemand*, fiddling uncomfortably with the...
Melinda Gates on what's best for children
Melinda Gates on what's best for children
During the last 15 years as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I've asked hundreds of women in dozens of developing countries...
Infant care leaps forward with a lesson from kangaroos
Infant care leaps forward with a lesson from kangaroos
The baby was born eight weeks premature. She weighs little more than a kilogram; a tiny bundle  in a padded nest battling against death. Her...
Seven Mother's Day songs for all kinds of moms
Seven Mother's Day songs for all kinds of moms
In honour of Mother's Day we have decided to compile a playlist of mom-themed songs. Because every kind of mother deserves some winning music....
ARVs alone won't save HIV infected mothers
ARVs alone won't save HIV infected mothers
Although almost half of all maternal deaths in South Africa are caused by HIV-related complications, there is no evidence yet that the government's antiretroviral drug programme has led to a lower chance of pregnant women infected with the virus dying during pregnancy, childbirth...

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