Centre makes it easy to care for baby

2015-05-12 06:00

As many mothers celebrate Mother’s Day for the first time this year, the Ocean View Care Centre is extending a helping hand.

Pregnant women and new mothers are invited to register at the centre for prenatal and early childhood care courses.

Founder of the centre Johann Kikillus, of Soteria Ministries, says meeting young mothers, especially teenagers, will allow the centre to assess their needs and offer help.

Many mothers in the community have no prenatal preparation and only visit a hospital on the day of the birth, Kikillus says.

“A lot of new mothers have no idea what to expect. They don’t know when to go for scans, which means often health problems in the baby are only picked up after birth,” he says.

Some expectant mothers abuse drugs and alcohol, which endanger their unborn child, Kikillus says. “There is ignorance on the basics, even on how the mothers got pregnant,” he says.

The classes will explain pregnancy, birth and how to care for a baby.

A study published in 2003 found women who attended prenatal classes had a much lower risk of complicated births and were more likely to breastfeed while in hospital compared with non-attenders.

They also received better information on contraception, breastfeeding and baby care.

Prenatal classes seemed to improve women’s knowledge and competence, the study found

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