Let’s Talk About It series: Unplanned Pregnancy

This episode is part of a series: “Let’s Talk About It” on The Birth and Baby Show. Dr Margreet had a candid conversation about a topic that’s often left in the shadows: unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

Guest, Thandi Innocentia Radebe, known for her exceptional work at the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic in Jeffreys Bay, brings a wealth of expertise and firsthand experience to the table. As the head of the counseling department that specializes in crisis pregnancies, Thandi deals with issues ranging from miscarriage, teenage pregnancies, HIV counseling, to rape-related cases.

The episode dives deep into the intricate distinction between ‘unwanted’ and ‘unplanned’ pregnancies. While an ‘unwanted’ pregnancy signifies a situation where there’s no desire for a child, an ‘unplanned’ pregnancy indicates that a child is desired, but perhaps at a later time. Thandi underlines that both scenarios can feel like crises, often causing emotional turmoil and confusion.

Significantly, teenage pregnancies occupy a large portion of the discussion. Contrary to common perception, Thandi points out that many teenage pregnancies might be unplanned but aren’t necessarily unwanted. Socio-economic factors, like government grants for teenage moms, inadvertently create an environment where young girls might see pregnancies as financially beneficial. The lack of recreational centers, peer pressure, and limited knowledge of family planning further exacerbate the situation.

The episode stresses the importance of understanding and not passing judgment. Thandi’s message is clear: pause, breathe, and seek guidance without rushing into decisions, whether it’s considering abortion or any other step. She emphasizes the power of compassionate communication and informed decisions.

To combat the lack of knowledge around family planning, the host introduces a free course aimed at educating women about their reproductive cycle and the various family planning methods available. This initiative seeks to empower women to make informed decisions about their bodies.

Closing on an optimistic note, the episode reinforces the idea that undesired circumstances can lead to positive outcomes. Thandi’s stories of young mothers turning their lives around serve as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The overarching message is one of empathy, education, and empowerment for everyone involved in the journey of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.

Should one find themselves in this type of situation, you should know that you are not alone in this journey. Log on to the website www.pregnancyhelpnetwork.org.za, this will direct you to the closest pregnancy center.

To find out more about the amazing work being done at HMBC, you can also visit: www.hmbc.co.za or their social pages: Facebook and Instagram