Mothers can deliver at fixed clinics or Midwife Obstetric Units (MOUs), which are run by midwives in the community for primary healthcare patients. If complications arise during birth then they will be transferred to a hospital up the line. Mothers who are HIV positive can join the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission service.
Expectant mothers are encouraged to bring a birthing partner (husband/friend/relative), known in the service as a "doula", to assist with the birthing process. It has been found that mothers accompanied by a doula need less pain medication because they feel supported. Mothers can request a birthing position (eg squatting) that makes them feel the most comfortable.
The health facility gives all mothers a Road to Health Chart (RTHC) when the baby is born. This card is kept at home and must be given to the sister on follow-up visits to the clinic. The card is an ongoing record of the child's health from birth to five years of age.
If you are a first-time visitor to a health facility, you will be asked to fill out a form and a folder will be opened. Bring your ID book, any medication you are taking and a clinic or hospital card if previously registered at the facility. Bring the child's Road to Health Chart, if you have one.
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Western Cape Government)|
Services are free of charge.
- Antenatal (Pre-Birth) Health Services (Service)
- Registering the birth of your child (Service)
- Applying for a birth certificate in South Africa (Service)
- Human Genetic Services (Birth Defects) (Service)
- Post-Natal (After Birth) Health Care (Service)
- Fact Sheet on Birth Defects (Public Information) (File type: pdf; size: 10.22 KB)
- Human Genetics Policy Guidelines for the Management and Prevention of Genetic Disorders, Birth Defects and Disabilities (Policies) (File type: pdf; size: 388.18 KB)