Pregnancy Sense 2017-10-02T04:17:10+00:00

PREGNANCY SENSE

Pregnancy is a journey like no other. It is the start of a new human life. It is also the birth of a mother who, over nine months, changes in every possible way – physically, emotionally and socially.
Your nutrition, wellbeing and emotions during this wonderful time play a large role in defining the rest of your baby’s life. The experience must also be safe and containing for you to provide your baby with the ultimate start and shape his potential.
Birth – your baby’s entry into our world – is a profoundly significant moment, one you don’t get to repeat. Being empowered with knowledge, understanding your choices and being active in the process will make a huge difference. Ultimately it does not matter how your baby is born; what matters is how you experience it and that it is safe.
Reading Pregnancy Sense will reduce the anxiety that may stem from the unknown and help you make your choices with insight and flexibility.

  • Preparing for pregnancy
  • Birth choices
  • Your growing baby week by week
  • Your changing body week by week
  • A guide to birth
  • Premature birth
  • Your newborn’s first days and weeks.

Megan Faure (OTR)

Meg is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in babies and toddlers – specifically irritable infants; sleep problems, emotional engagement difficulties and fussy feeding. Her clinical practise is in Cape Town and she consults and speaks internationally too.

Passionate about parenting babies, Meg seeks to assist parents to nurture their baby’s emotional world in all her areas of work:

  • Meg co- authored Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Feeding Sense and in 2011 wrote The Baby Sense Secret.
  • Always seeking practical solutions for parenting, Meg founded the Baby Sense product brand, which she sold in 2014.
  • In 2016 she launched a toddler playgroup solution called Play Sense.
  • Meg wrote the smart phone Application called Baby Sense Day-by-Day and is currently working on a wearable device for infants.

She is married with three children James (18), Alex (15) and Emily (11) and lives in sunny Cape Town, South Africa.

Jacky Searle (MB BCh FCOG (SA)

Jacky is an obstetrician/gynaecologist and has been working in private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town for almost 18 years. She sees herself as trying to offer honest and sensible guidance to pregnant women, empowering them and helping them achieve a safe and spectacular outcome.

Born in England, she grew up in Johannesburg and studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, then specialised at the University of Cape Town gaining work experience at Groote Schuur, Mowbray Maternity, Somerset and 2 Military Hospitals, with a little stint working in England.

She is married and is kept well grounded by her two sons, Nicholas (18 years) and Gregory (12 years).

Heather Wood (RN, RM)

www.heatherwood.co.za and www.thulababy.co.za
Heather has been the clinic sister at Thula Baby Centre, in Mouille Point, Cape Town for 10 years. She teaches antenatal classes in Rondebosch and Mouille Point, preparing couples for birth and supporting them afterwards to become confident parents.

Heather is a qualified nurse & midwife (BSc Nursing from UCT)) and internationally certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Her experience includes hundreds of births at Gugulethu and Retreat MOUs as well as nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Heather is the mother of two and her children teach her more than any of her work experience possibly can.

Reviews

Lauren Rader
Thanks again for the Pregnancy Sense book which I am loving! I find it to be an easy, comprehensive, positive read- not so overwhelming and daunting like some other books I have read. Congratulations on a beautiful book.
Tina Otte, author, specialist editor of Your Pregnancy magazine
There is no reason today, for a woman to enter her pregnancy and birth experience in a fearful and ignorant state of mind. There is a wealth of information available to prospective mothers and this book will make sure you are well informed and equipped. The authors have succeeded in covering everything you need to know as you move through the ‘child bearing’ stage of your life, looking at things from the developing baby’s perspective as well as the mother’s perspective. The information and advice contained in this book will provide you with guidelines about many of the procedures and options that are available to you today and will go a long way to enhancing your own pregnancy and birth experience.
Harassedmom (@laurakim123)
I finished reading @megfaure Pregnancy sense this morning on the plane. Moms, moms to be - I cannot stress how much you need this book!
Nicolene
I started reading your new book and am halfway, and wow it is so helpful. I now understand a lot of my toddler's behavior as I had a very difficult emotional journey during his pregnancy. Every pregnant mommy should read it.
Lisa Raleigh, media personality and wellness expert
I couldn’t have found this book at a more fitting time. As a pregnant reader, I found it to be thorough, user-friendly and real. Most of all, it eased so many of my concerns and left me with the feeling that I will be just fine when baby arrives – exactly what every mom-to-be needs.
Michelle Pitt  Wellness Coach, mom of Hayden and expecting a little girl in Feb. 
A big thank you to Meg, Jacky and Heather for a refreshing take on what to expect in the exciting times of pregnancy. I found Pregnancy Sense easy to read and valuable as a reference guide for the future. I especially loved the ' hints for the other half' sections and the holistic approach to your new life as a mom. I would recommend the read to all expecting moms.   
Lynette Denny, Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital
This latest offering for women and their health-care workers on the miraculous, often difficult and challenging experience of falling pregnant, maintaining pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby, is rich with practical and wise advice … [It] brings into focus the need to understand the importance of pre and post natal life, that creating a safe and loving environment for both mother, father, child and family is crucial to the successful development of the next generation.
Kate Christie, Midwife
It was wonderful to read this. It is … so refreshing to remember the whole spectrum of this beautiful, amazing thing called pregnancy and birth.