What it's like: Being a midwife in South Africa

2020-02-28 18:00

While the word midwife conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to a number of midwives, and those involved in training, about what it takes to be a midwife.

PICS: Local baby weighs almost 6kg at birth

2019-11-18 14:03

Melissa Shaw Kuter (32) from Bellville, Cape Town, was astounded when she gave birth to a baby weighing nearly 6kg.

A theory about having babies

2019-09-19 11:18

Across the globe, fertility rates are declining. If population sizes continue to decrease, there will be major social, economic and political ramifications. But encouraging citizens to have more children is a very fine line for policymakers to be treading.

Shay Mitchell's boyfriend doesn't want an epidural — Sorry, but who's giving birth?

2019-09-10 14:22

If Matte Babel was trolling us with his statements, he certainly got trolled right back by the internet.

Polish village hasn’t seen a boy born in nearly 10 years – here’s how that computes

2019-08-22 12:24

“What are the chances of this happening?” Craig Anderson a lecturer in Statistics answers how likely is this from happening.

Durban woman gives birth after 13-year conception agony, thanks to breakthrough procedure

2019-05-29 16:23

Ashlesha and Arun Raghubir had been trying to conceive for the past 13 years and were about to give up, when a new procedure resulted in the news they'd been longing for.

This is what happens to a baby’s body during birth

2019-05-21 11:18

Delivering a human baby is risky for mom. But let's not forget that baby goes through the birth process too.

Meghan Markle's preference for a private childbirth is nothing new – in fact, it's how it was always done

2019-04-30 09:13

Publicising the deeply personal was not always the norm, and in satisfying her wish to keep her child's birth as private as possible, the Duchess may be taking inspiration from an old tradition harking back to the middle ages.

A woman brain dead for three months gives birth to baby boy

2019-04-02 11:51

An international sportswoman who was braindead for three months recently gave birth to a baby boy before her life support was switched off.

Jessica Simpson gives birth to baby No 3

2019-03-21 09:42

Baby Birdie Mae is here!


Babies given skin-to-skin contact from birth are less vulnerable to stress as adults

2020-02-20 13:54

The research project looked at one group of 73 premature babies in a neonatal unit that received standard incubator care, and another group of 73 whose mothers provided kangaroo care for one hour a day for two weeks in a row.

Rustenburg woman gives birth after car crash on the way to hospital

2019-10-08 16:19

A mother from Rustenburg in North West is grateful that her daughter and son-in-law’s mom are alive after surviving a car crash on their way to hospital.

Chinese woman faces up to 15 years in jail for running a 'birth tourism' scheme where she would coach Chinese nationals on how to bypass immigration and give birth in the US

2019-09-19 10:03

Dongyuan Li from Irvine, California, ran a business that charged customers up to R1.1 million to get into the US to give birth.

74-year-old woman in India may be the oldest ever to give birth after delivering twins

2019-09-06 12:41

Doctors say the delivery was a "medical miracle." If her age is confirmed, 74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma would be the oldest woman to give birth.

Watch: More women are having babies in their 30s than in their 20s and studies suggest it's healthier in the long run

In 2016, for the first time ever, more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s.

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Celine Dion shared the surreal experience she had after giving birth

2019-05-22 12:50

Celebrity status has its drawbacks, including privacy violations that come with the spotlight. Celine Dion has shared the unpleasant experience of seeing her son on television — before she'd even held him.

Returning to intimacy after childbirth

2019-05-07 21:00

Problems like vaginal dryness, painful sex and a lack of desire can stand in the way of resuming sexual activity, often for months after childbirth.

The C-section rate among Discovery members is now up to three times higher than at American celebrity hospitals - here's why

2019-04-20 06:52

Doctors are scared of legal claims, so natural births are becoming a rarity.

The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa – but all is not lost

2019-03-29 13:16

Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa, but all is not lost. Here's where the problem lies and how a group of over 1000 clinician investigators, who span over 30 African countries, are working tirelessly to improve surgical outcomes in Africa.

Siblings give birth to baby girls on same day in same hospital ward

2019-03-01 15:16

Two sisters who’d both been trying for a baby, were amazed when they ended up giving birth to baby girls on the same day in the same hospital.

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