Childbirth education- Empowered birth + Bio-oil Giveaway

It is Pregnancy education month again and this is something I feel very passionate about.

I believe that women should be informed and educated enough about child birth that they understand their options and understand birth enough not to fear the process.

That is exactly the topic of this years Pregnancy education month..

“1 in 4 women find giving birth traumatic”

Up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder”


vaginal birth after c-section

Childbirth education – Empowering parents for a better birth experience

Birth is the most natural process on earth and yet studies have shown that one in every four women describes giving birth as traumatic and up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. It has also been shown that women who fear childbirth experience longer labours and were more likely to need an emergency caesarean.

With my first pregnancy I was very uninformed! I did not understand basic things like what it meant if the baby is “engaged” or not, If it was ok to go over your due date or what the different stages of labour are. I wanted a natural birth but ended up with a c-section and a very sore heart that I never got to give natural birth because I had reached my due date and baby had not come, If I was as informed back then as I am now, I would have opted to wait another week or so for labour.

Thankfully I got my natural birth with my second baby and had a beautiful home birth with the help of a very helpful and educating midwife and doctor, I was not scared at all and simply trusted my body. I wish ever women could feel satisfied and overjoyed with the way they give birth.

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‘There is a link between a lack of knowledge, fear and the experience of childbirth’

I teamed up with Bio-Oil for this post and this is what they have to say on the topic:

‘We believe that when parents are informed, any type of birth, from homebirth to caesarean, can be an empowering one. It shifts from a potentially overwhelming experience to one that is fulfilling, positive and, ultimately, beneficial to mother and child,’ says Anna Guerin of Bio-Oil. ‘There is simply no substitute for evidence-based information provided by qualified and experienced professionals. With quality childbirth education, parents are empowered and properly prepared in a warm and supportive way,’ says Bluff.

Over 300 private hospitals and clinics around South Africa are running Pregnancy Education Month activities in February. For details, or to find a childbirth educator in your area, visit

I encourage all pregnant women and even women who are thinking of getting pregnant to visit a childbirth education class or even a few different ones to learn more and empower yourself with the right birthing information and choice.

Six good reasons to attend childbirth education classes:

  1. Expertise – educators are experienced nurses and midwives who have chosen to specialise in childbirth education because they passionately believe in it.
  2. Knowledge – you learn about all the childbirth options available to you, and the pros and cons of each.
  3. Tools – you’ll be given practical tips and techniques – such as breathing, relaxation, positions, massage and visualisation – that can help you have an easier birth.
  4. Confidence – you and your partner will feel less fear and more confident, knowing what to expect and how to manage it.
  5. Be prepared – you’ll be taught about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, from stretch marks to breastfeeding and caring for your newborn.
  6. Connections – you’ll meet other local expectant parents and lifelong friendships can be formed.


Bio-Oil has been kind enough to sponsor us with a fabulous hamper to give away to one lucky person.

The hamper consists of the following:

  1. 100% cotton gown
  2. Handy storage basket
  3. A soft grey storage pouch
  4. 2 x 100% cotton dribble bibs
  5. 4 x bottles of Bio-Oil (25ml, 60ml, 125ml & 200ml)
  6. 100% cotton blanke
  7. Hand crocheted soft toy
  8. Bio-Oil stretch mark guide, ‘Tips for Moms from Moms’ and baby scan album

How To Enter: 

  1. Comment on this post, what are your views on the topic.
  2. Share this post on either Twitter Or Facebook, Make sure to use the #PregnancyEducationMonth and tag Pretty Messy Mellon. (@Mel_delaCroix on Twitter & @Pretty Messy Mellon on Facebook.
  3. This giveaway is only open to South African residents
  4. Winner will be chosen and announced on Friday 2nd March.


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  1. Anita Steenkamp says:

    I think childbirth education is a must for moms and dads

  2. Bongiwe Ndimande-Mbhele says:

    I think its best if you talk to a midwife and they help you through your pregnancy. I find that most gynae’s will do anything to get a C-section. I had both my kids via C-section for my first one I really wanted natural birth and when I was overdue I got induced however things didn’t go well so I ended up delivering via c-section, with my little man at about 7 months he was not growing as much as he should so I also had to have a c- section for him.

  3. Kerry Jade West says:

    I am 34 weeks pregnant with my first baby and am busy planning a home water birth! I want to be as informed as possible and definitely want to experience a peaceful, exciting home birth! <3

  4. I was informed on Child birth. I still feared natural birth. Even though from start of labour till birth was only 3 hours, almost 2 years later I am still traumatized and never want to have natural birth again. I really want a second child however I have panic attacks just thinking of birth.

  5. Shantel Moodley says:

    A very informative article , it was such an intimate and personal disclosure of your experience . I admire that of you !

  6. Charmaine balraj says:

    You are very brave. Well done to you @prettymessymellon

  7. Anusha Naidoo says:

    I am absolutely in agreement with childbirth education classes, I attended these classes and it certainly made a huge difference, its beneficial in many ways as well as I got to meet many moms to be, I was free to ask questions my concerns and doubts where put at ease.
    I highly recommend this classes.
    I loved reading this article it was interesting and enlightening as well thank you.

  8. Avela Tshikila says:

    Being prepared and armed with knowledge is the best one can do for themselves, with my first delivery I had such a traumatic experience simply because I did not know what to expect and how to handle myself. This time around I’ve been to ante natal classes, read up a lot on labour and how to best prepare. At 33 weeks pregnant I’m hoping for a much better experience this time around.

  9. Seshnie Govender says:

    I swear by the greatness that is bio oil. And child birthing education is so important . I gave birth naturally 9 years ago and to this day I wonder if i had the education about it would ibhave done it any different.. probably opted for epidural earlier than when the kid’s head is 1/4 way out .. Lucky him and me we both came out of it(no pun intened) okay.. but yes childbirth education is very important

  10. Jayson says:

    i wish i had better knowledge of pregnancy and childbirth when my wife and i were expecting. i lefther all alone during child birth after being told by nurses that my wife will give birth the next day around 8 am or 9 am.. my poor wife was alone and gave birth at 4am… i missed the birth of my son. i know now to be more educated for my second child due soon.

  11. Sofiah says:

    I attended child birth classes with my partner and found it very empowering, I would advise all women to attend.

  12. I have been informed by so many different relatives on birth process and old wives tales regarding pregnancy and childbirth. I really think it’s important to seek medical advice rather than listen to someone who is not medically qualified. Childbirth education classes are ideal for all expectant mother’s. I have been to two so far and have gained so much knowledge that will definitely come in handy once my baby is born in August.

    1. Melissa says:

      Hi Samashni , Congratulations you are the winner of the Bio-oil hamper. Please send me an email on so we can get your prize to you.

      1. Hi. I have unboxed you my details. Thank you so much! Going for my 4th month appointment today so this news is a great start to my day

      2. Hi . I inboxed you my details. Thank you so much

  13. Ronnae Elliott says:

    It is a great idea to have the knowledge that antenatal classes provide. But one should also be prepared for when things do not go as you planned. I know I was very upset when I had to have a c-section instead of natural birth and my baby refused to latch and breastfeed and I had to go the formula route. I was depressed for along time. Luckily my daughter turned out fine :)

  14. lynn botha says:

    This is really great advice.. I never went to any sort of childbirth or antenatal classes and I kind of wish I did. So much information. I opted for a C-section, but might have gone the natural route.

  15. Lila Oosthuizen says:

    Such an important topic and a must for all new moms. Would love to win

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