Do big solutions come in small packages? Questions remain as to how practical baby boxes would be for South African parents and babies.
South Africa’s rate of Caesarean sections is more than seven times the World Health Organisation recommended average. (Jumana El Heloueh, Reuters)

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


South Africa’s rate of Caesarean sections is more than seven times the World Health Organisation recommended average.

The reasons more moms are going under the knife during birth are complex and range from convenience to doctors’ fears over litigation. But a c-section isn’t always the right choice for mothers and babies.

If you’re expecting a baby and struggling to choose which birth option is best for you, we help you weigh up the pros and cons. 

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Pontsho Pilane is a journalist, editor, media lecturer and trainer with a focus in health, race and gender and how they intersect. She’s interested in using communications as a tool for social change. Prior to that Pilane was the senior writer at Health-eNews, and was formerly a health reporter at Bhekisisa, the Mail and Guardian’s centre for health journalism. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she wrote primarily about gender, race and how they intersect. Pilane holds two degrees in media studies from Wits University.