An open letter to GPs… “Don’t assume”.

by Claire van Ryn. Dear GP, It is with great respect and gratitude that I write to address you and those in your profession. You are an integral part of this community and without your dedication, your long hours and your passion for healthcare, illnesses would go...

What to do if your teen daughter is pregnant.

by Claire van Ryn I’m going out on a limb here and suggesting that the most stomach-churning, horror-inducing words that parents will hear propelled from the mouth of their beloved teenage daughter are, “I’m pregnant!” Internalised reactions will vary from an urge to...

True friends say the hard things.

by Claire van Ryn. I have 551 friends. I have 822 followers. I have another entourage of friends, followers, subscribers and all-round likers on other social media platforms. That equates to about 2000 people in my friend circle. Not bad, not bad. Not as good as...

10 Things I Didn’t Expect from Parenthood

by Claire van Ryn “Ain’t no ‘hood like motherhood” – so they say! But a fair whack of us have our misgivings when approaching those ‘hoods of parenting. On the other side of that psychological hurdle, the mind wrestle of considering...

Why do we Baby Shower?

by Claire van Ryn. Baby showers. Love them or hate them, they’re a part of our culture, a rite of passage on the path to parenthood.  When I was pregnant with my first, I had four baby showers. I kid you not. There was one thrown by my workplace, another by my...

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