Wednesday 4 May 2022
Topic: Sensitive Midwifery Momentum In The Birthing Space – Sensitive Cesarean Section
Melanie Kearney is a Midwife Specialist whose love for working with new life started in her final year of her Bachelor’s degree. She completed a B.Soc.Sc in Nursing in 2006 at the University of the Free State, while being mentored by Dr Myburg in midwifery. Melanie was fortunate to have a strong foundation for natural birth, while encompassing the miracle of womanhood, in pregnancy, but moreover during motherhood.
After completing her studies, she landed her dream job in a labour ward in Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic. It was here where mentor, Charne Human, introduced her to the sensitive way of birth, including that a Caesarean Section is not only an operation, but also a birth. Together, they developed what they coined as a Sensitive Caesarean Section in 2008. Melanie started her own private practice in 2014, supporting parents during Caesarean Sections with a more conscious choice of a sensitive birth approach.
In 2016, Melanie continued at her alma mater, the University of the Free State, with an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery and Neonatology (Cum Laude). She attributes her accomplishment to her midwifery lecturers that became her role models. It was hereafter that she was motivated to take the step to full autonomy as a midwife.
After her studies, she joined the Estherea – Women’s Wellness Clinic in 2017 and became an independent midwife. Estherea has created a safe space for her to grow as an independent midwife while working in a true partnership model with the childbearing family.
Melanie has the ability to do what she loves most, while living as the daughter of the Creator of Life, being a wife to her husband, Burger, and a mother to her two boys, Reinhardt and Colin.