Midwifery: a calling, a passion, a choice, a joy

Midwives Exclusive is one of the oldest midwife practices in South Africa. It's a dynamic midwifery practice that is all heart. We all work together within the practice to offer women excellent care throughout pregnancy, the opportunity to choose where you prefer and feel safest giving birth, we support with sound medical care as well as compassion to birth naturally. After birth we continue to give full support and guidance in the early weeks as the family adjusts to the new normal. It's never just a job, it's absolutely a passion and we love what we do. Making memories, helping not only babies be born but also mothers to be born; strong and confident.

Sr Heather Pieterse | Midwife and Manager/Founder of Midwives Exclusive

Midwifery is in my blood and I’ve been a midwife such a long time it’s hard to imagine what I did before I became a midwife.    My first baby’s I “caught” as an independent midwife are now finished with school and are ready to have their own baby’s!   I always said I’d retire when this happened but here I still am and I am still in awe with each birth.   It seems that loving midwifery keeps me young.
One of my favorite things about being a midwife would have to be watching a mother being born as she gives birth to her baby.
Watching a woman evolve as her pregnancy grows, watching her learn and understand more deeply how her body is changing.  Seeing her coping with the many challenges pregnancy throws her along the way.  Watching in awe as she discovery how powerful she is as she births her baby, no matter what type of birth she chooses or ends up having.
Watching as it dawns on her a few weeks after birth how breastmilk alone is making her baby is thriving.
What is not to love about being a midwife?    To be witness to such pivotal moments in life, to be invited into such sacred space and entrusted to care for these very special woman and their precious babies.
My life is not all about midwifery though;  I have a beautiful grown up family.  My son, Alex, is all grown up and living a dream life deep in the bush as a trails guide.  My lovely daughter, Emma, recently finished school and is about to embark on her own journey to the USA to study.       So whilst new families are being born, my family is spreading it’s wings and I find myself in a completely new season after being a hands on mom for the past 26 years.   Reinventing myself, finding new things to keep me busy as the school run, sports and other extramural are done with.
My husband is my rock and solid support, without him I doubt I’d have survived the toughest times, call outs, long hours and stresses that do come with the job.  He is often up in Africa working on helicopters but when home he is probably more qualified as most when it comes to midwifery as he his instinct for birth has grown alongside mine as he hears me talking to people about birth from my bed in the deepest time of the night.
I love reading to escape from reality and I especially love heading to our little holiday town, Kenton on Sea, for R&R whenever I get a small gap.
When we get a longer gap we tend to head north into the bush travelling as far as our Hilux can take us and where no cell phone reception can disturb our peace.
Chocolate and coffee are my serious weaknesses 🙂

What motivates you to keep getting up in the middle of the night, out of your warm bed, leaving your family, to go and assist a woman in labour not knowing how long you’ll be gone or when you’ll see your family again?
I won’t lie and say it’s easy after being on call for over 26 years but when I think about the alternatives, well, I can’t actually think of anything I would rather be doing.   Just knowing how much value we can add to the lives we touch makes it so worthwhile.

 

 

Sr Anjo Lubbe | Midwife

Sr Anjo Lubbe joined the practice in November coming from Femina Hospital where she was working in the postnatal ward.

“From an early age my sister and I observed my mother as she cared for people, and this made me realize how precious and important quality care is. Compassion is the building block on which I live out my passion for nursing and midwifery.

Caring is simply in my blood and a natural instinct.

I obtained my Bachelor in Nursing  (BCur) at the University of Pretoria. Once I was introduced to midwifery in my third year I knew I wanted to be a part of this beautiful moment in a woman’s life. I remember my first delivery and all the emotions I experienced being the midwife while taking care of my patient and her baby. I was so grateful of being able to experience this moment and I asked myself what could be more beautiful, than bringing new life into this world?

I completed my Community Service year at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Labour Ward where I gained a lot of experience and knowledge delivering babies and providing the necessary postpartum care. My favorite characteristics of being a midwife is the constant urge to be better, to gain more knowledge and to always love and enjoy what I do. Each birth experience is different with its own challenges and outcomes, which makes it so exciting. To support my patient and to observe how she grows in the strong women using only her body to birth her baby, is truly amazing.

I have worked at Netcare Femina Hospital in the Ante/Post Natal ward. I love caring for moms and their babies. I was privileged to meet new faces daily. I especially have a preference and love for helping mothers and babies engaging in breastfeeding. Therefore, I will go out of my way to inform every mom about the benefits of breastfeeding and thereafter provide the necessary support and guidance.

It was a privilege to grow up on a farm in Nelspruit. I love spending time in nature and being surrounded by God’s beautiful creation. My family is very important to me. I am strong, positive and wild at heart. During my down time I love spending time with my friends, reading books and enjoy any outdoor activities. I am a hardworking, reliable person and dedicated to my work. I always make sure that I give 100% in what is expected from me on a daily basis.

Why did I decide to be a part of Midwives Exclusive?

My dream is to be an independent midwife working in a practice , and Midwives Exclusive is allowing me to live out my dream. I believe the way women birth matters and to give them that support throughout the pregnancy is helping them to empower themselves. I am honored to be a part of this midwife family and to be surrounded by women who is grounded in the same values and beliefs for midwifery.

 

 

 

 

Sr Busiswe Gambu | Midwife

A calling! That’s what I believe midwifery to be. I feel blessed and privileged to be called a midwife and to be able to assist and support women during such a life-changing moment.

I studied my BCur (Nursing) degree at the University of Johannesburg and when I was introduced to Midwifery during my studies, I was immediately drawn to it and knew that this is what I wanted to do. My love and interest for Midwifery was fuelled even more by my mother, who is a retired nurse and midwife, who spent many years working as a midwife. It was her stories, the lessons and constant motivation that kept me so interested in Midwifery over the years.

I did my Community Service in the Labour ward at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in the Westrand in 2019 and continued to work in the labour ward. I then also had a chance to work in the post-natal ward for a short time before leaving. I gained experience and knowledge from working in a fast paced and busy department. I enjoyed that I was always meeting different patients daily with different stories. Though, over the years I was drawn to private midwifery, as I believed that women’s care during pregnancy should be unique and that women should be given a voice during this time and afforded the right to have a beautiful birth experience.

I’m a young and passionate midwife who loves working with pregnant women and babies. I have a big interest in traditional midwifery and caring practices that I believe have been lost over time. I joined the practice because I believe in giving women and their families’ holistic care during such a precious time in their lives. I really wanted to be able to fully support and guide women during this period and to be able to walk this journey with them from the beginning of their pregnancy till they have their new baby.

When I’m not catching babies, I’m a mom to an amazing boy, Lesedi, who is my absolute world.

I am excited and enjoy walking the journey of pregnancy and beyond with all the families I have already and am  yet to meet at Midwives Exclusive

 

Sr Marijke van der Merwe | Midwife


I w
as born the youngest of 4 children. My mother, she was a registered nurse and midwife, inspired me to become a midwife as I was growing up. As a 3-year-old, people used to ask me what I want to do when I grow up and my answer always remained, to catch babies! I was infatuated with pregnant women and babies until this very day. This has never seized to be and ever since that time it became my lifes work to train and serve as a midwife.

I started my Nurse/midwife training in 2004 at Stellenbosch University    and finished in 2007.           I received both best Midwifery student and Best     Professional Practice student awards.

My work experience as a midwife started at Bishop Lavis Midwives Obstetric Unit in 2008 and I was  very lucky to receive the chance to further my studies. I started my Honours degree in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatology in 2010 also at Stellenbosch University and at the end of the year I ended it on a high note when I received my Honours Degree Cum Laude.

My first baby was born in November 2011 and once I had her my perspective changed dramatically   on how pregnant women should be treated and managed by their care providers. I realized how          important it was to have someone who support you throughout your pregnancy and birth.

I worked at Bishop Lavis MOU till March 2013, when I decided to spread my wings. I applied for a      position as midwife in Saudi Arabia. I worked there for a year and gained plenty of experience on    working in an international and multi-cultural setting. During 2013-2014, we were blessed with a      second pregnancy, and our family grew. I realized what it meant to be blessed beyond compare!

I started my own independent Midwife practice, Neo Ava Maternity Practice in October 2014. My      first home birth was such a rewarding experience, and I knew that this was where I was needed.       Slowly but surely, I was getting to realize my dream of being exactly what the word midwife implies, woman who help women in childbirth.

We relocated from Cape Town to Pretoria 2020 and after settling in well, the opportunity presented itself to get back into the birthing world after 2 years.  Joining Midwives Exclusive’s amazing team and being able to share this journey with them is priceless.

Midwifery has been, is and will be my passion for life and a lifestyle I intend to live to the fullest.