List of government clinics
A complete list of government clinics in the Western Cape.
These clinics may provide the following services related to mother and child wellness – please contact your local clinic to confirm which services are offered:
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital was built in 1956 and is the only stand alone, specialist children’s hospital dedicated entirely to children in southern Africa.
The Hospital is a public tertiary and secondary level hospital in Cape Town, South Africa and is dedicated to delivering word-class paediatric treatment, care, research and specialist training. As a referral hospital patients include very sick children who need highly complex interventions to recover.
Telephone:+27 (0)21 658 5111
Address: Cnr of Klipfontein and Milner Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
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.
Clicks Helping hand Trust
Free basic services for mums and babies without medical aid ( every Thursday from 13:00-16:30).
Have to make an appointment a week before.
The Philani Health and Nutrition Project is a Khayelitsha-based non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to ensuring that every child in their community has access to proper nutrition and healthcare because malnourished children are most vulnerable to developmental challenges. Philani trains and deploys mentor mothers with expertise in nutrition, breastfeeding, HIV and basic child health. The role of the mentor mother is crucial as a support system for mums, especially those affected by postnatal depression. The organization operates in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha, Crossroads, Brown’s Farm, Mfuleni, Nyanga and Delft on the outskirts of Cape Town, 20-30 km from the city centre.
Tel: (Khayelitsha): 021 387 5124
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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
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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