Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00

Giving birth in the time of Covid-19: Midwives report rise in home births in SA

30 June 2020 1:17 PM

Midwife specialist Dr Margreet Wibbelink says there's been an increased demand for midwife services since the coronavirus crisis.

It's supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of one's life, but women around the world who're preparing to give birth are now having to deal with the added anxiety of doing so during a global pandemic.

In South Africa, midwife specialist and general manager of the Sister Lilian Centre Dr Margreet Wibbelink says since the start of the Covid-19 crisis there's been an increased demand for midwife services.

I've been getting lots of phone calls from really worried mommies to assist them with a home birth and I've heard that from midwives all over.

 Dr Margreet Wibbelink, Midwife specialist and general manager - Sister Lilian Centre

She says in addition to patients fears that they may contract Covid-19, many are also concerned that hospitals are unable to deal with the added demands of the pandemic:

It's the fear of the system not really functioning properly...some hospitals that are just not really coping with the demand.

 Dr Margreet Wibbelink, Midwife specialist and general manager - Sister Lilian Centre

Some hospitals have had to close for up to a week which has put tremendous stress on women because now they've had to travel far to give birth.

 Dr Margreet Wibbelink, Midwife specialist and general manager - Sister Lilian Centre

Listen to the full conversation below:


30 June 2020 1:17 PM

Recommended

More from Covid-19 coronavirus explained

Donald Trump USA America flag Star-Spangled Banner 123rf 123rfworld

Trump does about-turn on mask-wearing as US loses its grip on Covid-19

3 July 2020 1:10 PM

"I'm all for masks," US President Donald Trump now says, likening himself to the Lone Ranger.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cleaner-domestic-worker-house-keeper-yellow-glovesjpg

'Domestic workers struggling to access government's special Covid-19 relief'

3 July 2020 12:11 PM

Sadsawu's Myrtle Witbooi explains many domestic workers aren't UIF registered and the direct contact number is hard to access.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Family children girls outdoor cloth face masks 123rf 123rflifestyle

We only have each other – the psychology behind not wearing a mask

3 July 2020 10:56 AM

"I’m outside; I don’t need a mask. If you’re uncomfortable, stay at home." Sociologist Steven Robins tries to make sense of it.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 coronavirus testing 123rf

UCT epidemiologist: Covid-19 will be with us for at least a year to 18 months

3 July 2020 9:02 AM

Prof Boulle says W Cape trend a lower, flatter trajectory that will continue for a long time but is easier on the health system.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Crazy funny man working from home on desktop computer 123rf 123rfbusiness

Job hunting? This CEO is hiring and interviewing remotely – he has advice

2 July 2020 2:15 PM

"We’ve hired people we haven’t met in person," says Karl Hammerschmidt. "There are things you can still do to impress."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

masks-picjpg

Fraudsters have allegedly dipped into govt Covid-19 relief billions

2 July 2020 2:02 PM

SIU's Kaizer Kganyago says cases involve price gouging and procurement process irregularities in the health sector.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Woman working from home mother children 123rflifestyle 123rfbusiness 123rf

How to deal with grievances with your boss while working from home

2 July 2020 11:51 AM

A labour lawyer says she has dealt with companies coming to terms with paying for employees home internet data for work purposes.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

unemployment men on side of road Zwelihle, Hermanus, Western Cape 123rf

Covid-19 Ters relief ends in June. What happens to those still not back at work?

2 July 2020 7:59 AM

UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping says they are in discussions to find a way to help those still not back at work.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

school-classroom-class-desk-education-learning-pupils-teachers-teaching-123rf

Still not ready to send your child back to school? Here are your options...

1 July 2020 4:20 PM

Grades 7 and 12 are already back at school following the lockdown, grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 are set to return from Monday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

grandwest-casion-reopensjpg

[WATCH] 'Endless line of cars' queue ahead of GrandWest Casino’s reopening

1 July 2020 12:55 PM

In scenes reminiscent of the day alcohol sales were unbanned – you’ve got to see it – gamblers queued to try their luck.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward