Shelters for abused victims of violence – government directory
The Western Cape government has issued a directory of shelters for abused victims of violence. Please click the link to see which shelter is located closest to you.
Mowbray Maternity Hospital
If you are having a baby and live within our catchment areas (Woodstock to Claremont; Mowbray to Sawkins Road; all the Avenues in Rondebosch East), you are welcome to book in with us and allow us to guide you along your journey to motherhood. We have been doing this since 1916.
Mowbray Maternity is a referral hospital – meaning that mothers who have booked at Midwife Obstetric Units (MOUs) in Hanover Park, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu and Retreat who have been assessed by a midwife or doctor and require a higher level of care are referred to us according to the medical need.
We offer a full range of high-level maternity services, spanning the three main stages of childbirth – Antenatal care; labour and delivery; and postnatal care. With our caring, experienced and highly trained team of midwives and obstetricians and our state-of–the-art facilities, we will ensure you receive the best possible care, and that the process of giving birth is the joyous event it is meant to be.
Most women have normal pregnancies and deliver healthy babies. For women who have a higher risk of developing a problem during pregnancy or birth, we offer the most advanced programmes and care available.
Tel: 021 695 3026/ 021 605 2991
List of government clinics
A complete list of government clinics in the Western Cape.
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Accessing the Child Grant – SASSA directory
SASSA is the agency appointed by government to administer child grant (and other grant) services to the general public. Please visit this website to learn more about the child grant application process and to see a list of SASSA offices. Please note the required documents to apply for a child grant.
Registration of birth – Home Affairs directory
All newborn babies have to be registered within the first 30 days of life to access a birth certificate. The birth certificate is crucial to access other services including a child grant, healthcare and education services. Please visit this website for more information and also a list of offices for the Department of Home Affairs.
What’s your baby up to? During the first few weeks of pregnancy, the fertilised egg starts to divide into different types of cells, which will develop into different organs. Every cell has the genetic material ( DNA) from both parents.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Did you know that at 9 weeks your baby (known as a foetus) is the size of a grape and already has toes?Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby’s heart starts beating at 6 weeks and will continue to grow and develop throughout your pregnancy.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby’s first brainwaves can be detected from 6 weeks after conception. This doesn’t mean that he is able to think consciously; that will only come later in pregnancy, but his brain will continue to develop at a rapid pace throughout your pregnancy.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At 20 weeks (half-way), your baby is roughly the size of a banana.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At about 16 weeks after conception, your baby’s ears begin to stand out from the sides of her head and she might be able to hear sounds already.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? From week 35 your baby begins to gain weight very quickly as he prepares to enter the world. His lungs are already well-developed and he is already learning to breathe.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At 40 weeks, your baby is ready to be born. Most babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb. He is comforted by the sound of your voice as he remembers hearing it in the womb. You will notice from week 1 that when he hears your voice, he tilts his head in your direction to find you.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Between 4 and 8 weeks, your baby will begin to smile at you when you smile and talk to him. These smiles are because he is happy to see you and not because he has a trapped wind, so enjoy them and encourage him to smile regularly.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? You will notice that your baby is able to start supporting her own head from about 8 weeks of age. Place your baby on a blanket on her tummy with her arms in front of her for a few minutes every morning and afternoon. This will encourage her to lift her head and strengthen her upper body and neck. Don’t worry if she doesn’t like this at first. Play with her on the floor and she will soon learn that time on her tummy can be fun.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At about 3 months old, you will notice that your baby is able to follow moving objects and people with his eyes. This is called ‘tracking’ and is a very important skill as it helps with hand-eye coordination. Your baby will also start recognising you in a room full of people and you will see his face light up when he sees you walk into the room.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby may start saying his first words at around 6 months of age. Most babies start with hard sounds, such as “baba” or “dada” because they are easier to say.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is developing different ways of holding and grabbing objects. This is helpful when it comes to feeding her solid foods. You may notice her using his thumb and index finger to pick up finger foods. This is called the pincer grip and is a sign that baby is ready to start feeding herself.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Most babies begin crawling at around 9 months of age. Your baby will love his new ability to move around so make sure you keep him safe by keeping doors closed and removing and dangerous items from his reach.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby now knows her name and will look at you when you call her.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is learning to create two word sentences such as “Mommy up” or “my ball”. In the second year, your baby’s favourite word will probably be “no”.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? In the middle of your baby’s second year, she will be willing to learn physical skills like throwing and kicking a ball or riding a push bike. Give her plenty of opportunity to practice these skills. You will be amazed at how quickly she masters them.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Towards the end of baby’s second year, he might be able to sing or hum along to simple songs if he has heard them many times before. Sing with him often and use actions to help him understand and remember the words.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Before she turns two, your baby will start to want to dress herself. She might even be able to put on her own shoes, although she probably won’t know which shoe belongs on which foot. Her vocabulary will increase to about 75 words but it is likely that only her family will understand what she is saying.Resources Contact