Blogs

December 1, 2020

BLOG 73 – AT LAST, THE REASONS FOR BIRTH PAIN!

In blog 73: Much to her relief, Zani discovers that understanding the mechanism of labour and the function of labour pain calms her fears (somewhat) and […]
November 24, 2020

BLOG 72 – PAIN, CAN IT BE THAT THERE IS PROFOUND WISDOM IN IT ALL?

In blog 72: How come we have 4,2 million receptors in the body to register pain, and not a single receptor to register happiness or joy? […]
November 17, 2020

BLOG 71 – BECOMING A MOM, IT SEEMS PAINFUL AND SCARY

In blog 71: Zani blurts out that when she thinks of Brandon’s birth, all she can see is one huge word in flickering red neon lights: […]
November 9, 2020

BLOG 70 – ARE PREGNANCY AND BIRTH ABOUT MOM, OR BABY?

In blog 70: Sky’s view of birth and whether a baby feels welcome and able to relax – or stressed out and painfully alone – strikes […]
November 2, 2020

BLOG 69 – MOTHER LOVE: THE PROTOTYPE FOR ALL KINDS OF LOVE

In blog 69: Sky explains that a mother’s love flicks a switch in a baby’s brain that says: ‘I am not alone. My mom has my […]
October 26, 2020

BLOG 68 – ARE BIRTH PAIN AND MOTHERLY LOVE REALLY INSEPARABLY LINKED?

In blog 68: Zani and Jake are mesmerised by Sky’s take on pain – “more pain, more joy, and less pain, less joy.” What does this […]
October 20, 2020

BLOG 67 – PAIN, A GIFT NONE OF US WANTS AND YET NONE OF US CAN DO WITHOUT

In blog 67 – Pain, a gift none of us wants and yet none of us can do without: At lunch Sky continues her story about […]
October 13, 2020

BLOG 66 – A LITTLE PARADISE IN JOBURG

In blog 66 – a little paradise in Joburg: Zani discovers the type of garden she never knew existed. When we turn into the driveway, Sky […]
October 6, 2020

BLOG 65 – THE HEART OF AN ALPHA MALE

In blog 65 – the heart of an alpha male: What Zani has learnt about men – or rather about her man – involves food, wrestling […]
September 29, 2020

BLOG 64 – A PAEDIATRICIAN WHO RESPECTS MOTHER AND BABY

In blog 64 – A paediatrician who respects mother and baby: Zani comes across a couple of facts to which she can only react with a […]
September 22, 2020

BLOG 63 – WILL IT BE A SMOOTH AND EASY, OR PAINFUL, EVEN VIOLENT BIRTH?

In blog 63 – will it be a smooth and easy, or painful, even violent birth? : Zani feels panicky, because a mother is said to […]
September 15, 2020

BLOG 62 – SHAPING A LITTLE PERSONALITY

In blog 62: Shaping a little personality: Zani is not sure she buys into the idea that a mom’s smell on the blanket in an incubator […]
September 8, 2020

BLOG 61 – PRIMITIVE REFLEXES – YOUR BABY’S FRIENDS, BUT YOUR CHILD’S ENEMIES

In blog 61: Primitive reflexes – Your baby’s friends, but your child’s enemies: Zani simply cannot get through a normal workday anymore. She figures out what […]
September 1, 2020

BLOG 60 – POWERFUL WORDS BY EUGENE MARAIS

In blog 60: Powerful words by Eugene Marais Jake is all fired up to research Eugene Marais’ view of the relationship between pain during childbirth and […]
August 25, 2020
BLOG 59 - BLOOD, SWEAT AND SWEETNESS

BLOG 59 – BLOOD, SWEAT AND SWEETNESS

In blog 59: Blood, sweat and sweetness, Zani and Jake are reminded of the fact that even precious little angels leave “paw prints” – and then, […]
August 18, 2020
BLOG 58 - BIRTH PAIN - DOES IT HAVE A PHYSIOLOGICAL ROLE, OR JUST PLAIN UNCIVILISED?

BLOG 58 – BIRTH PAIN – DOES IT HAVE A PHYSIOLOGICAL ROLE, OR JUST PLAIN UNCIVILISED?

In blog 58: Birth Pain – does it have a physiological role, or just plain uncivilised? Although Zani is anything but thrilled at Sky’s unusual take […]
August 11, 2020
birth pain BLOG 57 - NATURE IS WHERE OUR ROOTS ARE

BLOG 57 – NATURE IS WHERE OUR ROOTS ARE

In blog 57 – Birth pain: A topic with a bad rap: Zani is amazed to find that there is a connection between birth pain and […]
August 4, 2020
Blog 56 - Recapturing the mystery of pregnancy and the wonder of birth

BLOG 56 – RECAPTURING THE MYSTERY OF PREGNANCY AND THE WONDER OF BIRTH

In Blog 56 – Recapturing the mystery of pregnancy and the wonder of birth … Sitting at the Two Tarts, drinking in the peaceful atmosphere, the last […]
July 28, 2020

BLOG 55 – SHE WEARS THE WHOLE RAINBOW

Recap for Blog 55 – She wears the whole rainbow: What on earth is the mommy brain? And how come it’s in the heart, not the head? We […]
July 21, 2020

BLOG 54 – WATERPROOF BABIES AND LEAKING BREASTS

Recap for Blog 54  -Waterproof babies and leaking breasts: When Zani phones Jake, simply bursting with news, Jake asks – he actually asks – who Brandon might […]
July 14, 2020

BLOG 53 – CRAWLING ON HANDS AND KNEES

Recap for Blog 53 – Why a baby needs to crawl: Sooner or later, Zani will be faced with yet another decision: to buy, or not […]
July 7, 2020
Can I be a lover and a mother at the same time?

BLOG 52 – CAN I BE A LOVER AND A MOTHER AT THE SAME TIME?

Recap for Blog 52 – Can I be a lover and a mother at the same time?: Zani realises how pregnancy has reawakened her own need for […]
June 30, 2020
The mom we yearn for

BLOG 51 – THE MOM WE YEARN FOR

Recap for blog 51 – The mom we yearn for: Things are moving fast! Zani and Jake have decided where to birth Brandon – yes, that is […]
June 23, 2020
TWO BIG DECISIONS

BLOG 50 – TWO BIG DECISIONS

Recap for Blog 50 – Two big decisions: Jake takes the mother of his son (100% pure Jake the Second!) to dinner. A celebration does not necessarily […]
June 16, 2020
BLOG 49 - THE BIG SOFTIE!

BLOG 49 – THE BIG SOFTIE!

Recap for Blog 49 – The big softie: The midwife and the obstetrician answer every single question on Zani’s list. Now Jake needs to be informed that […]
June 9, 2020
Decisions decisions

BLOG 48 – DECISIONS DECISIONS

Recap for Blog 48 – Decisions decisions : During show time at the gynae’s rooms, Baby pulls faces, sucks thumb, moves the umbilical cord, kicks, turns and then […]
June 2, 2020
BLOG 47 - NO MORE HE OR SHE-ING

BLOG 47 – NO MORE HE OR SHE-ING

Recap for Blog 47 – No more he or she-ing : Zani can hardly wait for D-Day, when she and Jake will find out whether Baby is a […]
May 26, 2020
BLOG 46 - AND NOW THIS

BLOG 46 – AND NOW THIS

Recap for Blog 46 – And now this : Although Zani easily drifts off while listening to Dr Melodie de Jager’s interview, she manages to grasp that the […]
May 19, 2020
Tiny toes start flexing

BLOG 45 – TINY TOES START FLEXING

Recap for Blog 45 – Tiny toes start flexing!: Zani knows the more she moves during the first 100 days of pregnancy the more her little one […]
May 12, 2020
Move, mommy, move - the tonic labyrinthine reflex

BLOG 44 – MOVE, MOMMY, MOVE!

Recap for Blog 43 – Move, mommy, move!: Zani and Jake are getting to know the Tonic Labyrinthine reflex, which straightens out the baby’s posture, nudging it […]
May 5, 2020
BLOG 43 - STRAIGHTENING OUT

BLOG 43 – STRAIGHTENING OUT

Recap for Blog 43 – Straightening out: Zani now knows which reflex plays a dominant role in Baby’s emotional development, and that sucking and suckling are not […]
April 28, 2020
BLOG 42 - THE PERFECT START TO POSITIVE EMOTIONS

BLOG 42 – THE PERFECT START TO POSITIVE EMOTIONS

Recap for Blog 42 – The perfect start to positive emotions: Zani discovers that a baby actually practises eating while in utero, and Vee shares her wonder […]
April 21, 2020

BLOG 41 – SUDDENLY EVERYONE KNOWS!

Recap for Blog 41- Suddenly everyone knows!: After The Scan, Zani and Jake finally phone the grandparents to be with their momentous news. Zani, however, desperately needs […]
April 14, 2020
Blog 40 at last

BLOG 40 – AT LAST!

Recap for Blog 40 – At last! : Zani is starting to feel herself again, and revels in the developmental milestones involved in Week 11 and Week 12. […]
April 7, 2020
A real little human being in there first trimester

BLOG 39 – A REAL LITTLE HUMAN BEING IN THERE

Recap for Blog 39 – A real little human being in there!: In her first trimester, once Zani grasps the importance of the Moro reflex, she […]
March 31, 2020
BLOG 38 - GO AHEAD, TOUCH YOUR TUMMY!

BLOG 38 – GO AHEAD, TOUCH YOUR TUMMY!

Recap for Blog 38 – Go ahead, touch your tummy! : Zani and Jake discover that the innate ability to learn has a neural development basis and if […]
March 24, 2020
Discovering the primitive reflexes

BLOG 37 – DISCOVERING THE PRIMITIVE REFLEXES

Recap for Blog 37 – discovering the primitive reflexes: Jake and Zani listen to Baby’s heartbeat for the first time and celebrate by letting Vee in on […]
March 17, 2020

BLOG 36 – ALREADY EIGHT WEEKS IN

Recap for Blog 36 – Already eight weeks in: When Zani learns that our eyes and ears fire up our thinking brain, while touch, smell and […]
March 10, 2020
My eyes and my ears said yes

BLOG 35 – MY EYES AND MY EARS SAID YES!

Recap for Blog  35 – My eyes and my ears said yes!: Zani learns why an expectant mom can feel big and ugly, even when the mirror […]
March 3, 2020
BLOG 34 - WHY AM I FEELING SO HUGE?

BLOG 34 – WHY AM I FEELING SO HUGE?

Recap for Blog 34 – Why am I feeling so huge?: Zani can only marvel at the way the three parts of Baby’s brain and its […]
February 25, 2020
So that's why I'm constantly hungry - brain

BLOG 33 – SO THAT’S WHY I’M CONSTANTLY HUNGRY!

Recap for Blog 33 – So that’s why I’m constantly hungry!: When Zani learns that an expectant mother’s feelings about her unborn child influences its ability to […]
February 18, 2020
Oh Now I see! The importance of touch

BLOG 32 – OH, NOW I SEE!

Recap for Blog 32: Oh, Now I see!: Zani and Jake learn about the withdrawal reflex and how a woman who is happy to be pregnant spontaneously […]
February 11, 2020
When an embryo withdraws

BLOG 31 – WHEN AN EMBRYO WITHDRAWS

Recap for Blog  31 – When an embryo withdraws: Discovering what is really happening as the four-week-old miracle unfolds deep inside Zani instills a sense of wonder […]
February 4, 2020
Fairy tale with a twist

BLOG 30 – FAIRY TALE WITH A TWIST

Recap for Blog 30 – fairy tale with a twist: Midwife Miriam’s emails guide Zani and Jake through the wonder of their baby’s progress. Snuggling up to […]
January 28, 2020
Twelve very precious weeks

BLOG 29 – TWELVE VERY PRECIOUS WEEKS

Recap for Blog 29 – Twelve very precious weeks: Zani and Jake can scarcely wait to meet their baby shortly after their first visit to Miriam, their […]
January 21, 2020
The show gets on the road - ultrasound

BLOG 28 – THE SHOW GETS ON THE ROAD

Recap for Blog 28 – The show gets on the road: Inspired by Vee’s gentle courage and wisdom, Zani realises a baby is something she wants and […]
January 14, 2020
A woman's four qualities

BLOG 27 – A WOMAN’S FOUR QUALITIES

Recap for Blog 27 – A woman’s four qualities: Vee tells Zani about her seven miscarriages – and how she made peace with her heartache. Zani marvels […]
January 7, 2020
How can this be possible - miscarriage

BLOG 26 – HOW CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE

Recap for Blog 26 – How van this be possible?: Zani’s world falls apart because she is not pregnant. Dr Cohen explains that a miscarriage is often […]
December 31, 2019
Hello darkness, my old friend

BLOG 25 – HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND

Recap for blog 25 – Hello darkness, my old friend: Zani gets all fired up about researching and choosing the most suitable birth team, but then the […]
December 24, 2019
This cannot be true

BLOG 24 – THIS CANNOT BE TRUE

Recap for Blog 24 – this cannot be true: Zani and Jake have a wonderful weekend, delighting in their little (big!) secret. Finally, it is time for […]
December 17, 2019
In pregnancy heaven

BLOG 23 – IN PREGNANCY HEAVEN

Recap for Blog 23 – In pregnancy heaven: Zani’s home-pregnancy kit confirms that she’s pregnant, and wild joy ensues. Then she and Jake are overcome by the […]
December 10, 2019
Baby has landed

BLOG 22 – BABY HAS LANDED

Recap for Blog 22 – Baby has landed: Zani experiences the tell-tale signs of early pregnancy and buys no fewer than three home urine test kits. With […]
December 3, 2019
Could I be pregnant?

BLOG 21 – COULD I BE PREGNANT?

Recap for blog 21 – Could I be pregnant?: The whirl of facts and figures Jake came upon while researching attraction, conception and foetal development is about […]
November 26, 2019
Baby shaping

BLOG 20 – BABY SHAPING: A SPELLBINDING PROCESS

Recap for Blog 20 – Baby shaping: A spellbinding process: The multimedia program outlining the process of conception confirms Jake’s belief that men are phenomenal production machines. […]
November 19, 2019
Only the strongest and fittest

BLOG 19 – ONLY THE STRONGEST AND FITTEST

Recap for Blog 19 – Only the strongest and fittest: Jake’s love of technology leads him to a multimedia program explaining human attraction, conception and foetal development […]
November 12, 2019
The science of baby making

BLOG 18 – THE SCIENCE OF BABY MAKING

Recap for Blog 18 – The science of baby making: Zani is ecstatic. After hours of researching what being a new father involves and really feels like, […]