about the sister lilian centre

For pregnancy and parenting advice you can trust, look no further than the Sister Lilian Centre – South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth and babycare resource.

By sharing sound advice across our multiple platforms, our goal is to support all family members and ensure a happier, healthier experience for you as you journey through pregnancy, birth and parenting.

For further information about the Sister Lilian Centre, contact us on +27 12 809 3342 or info@sisterlilian.co.za

If you need pregnancy or parenting advice, please tap into our many resources, like our blog, podcast, Sister Lilian’s booksonline coursestracking tools, and quizzes with tips. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, or sign up for our newsletter for tips and news on all things birth and baby.

For more personalised answers and professional advice, book an online consultation with our midwife specialist.

OR

Send us your pregnancy, birth or baby-related questions and we’ll answer them on our popular ‘Birth & Baby – Advice you can trust’ SHOW. This is a hotline-style show – meaning you can reach out to us with your questions, and we will answer them with advice you can trust on our Facebook page, podcast and YouTube channel. If you have a question that you want to see answered on this show, send it via email or voice note to: info@sisterlilian.co.za.

Follow us on Facebook and get notified when we go live.

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the history of the sister lilian centre

The Sister Lilian Centre grew out of leading South African midwife and parenting expert, Sister Lilian’s, private midwifery and babycare practice. She studied nursing and midwifery from 1975 to 1981, followed by various complementary health disciplines and therapies like reflexology, homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine, all to ensure a more sensitive, intuitive, balanced and holistic approach to the life experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Since its inception in 1988, the Sister Lilian Centre’s mission has been to advise families by applying the most natural, common sense, simple methods of dealing with pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler care, and general family health concerns, in the conviction that simple steps yield profoundly positive effects. While highly qualified Midwife Specialist Margreet Barnardt has stepped into the leadership of the Centre, her passion for excellence in midwifery and her vision to keep giving Mom & Baby advice you can trust burns just as strongly as Sister Lilian’s did for over three decades.

At the Sister Lilian Centre we believe that all babies are worth gold and that every single family is the cornerstone of society. That’s why many of the services offered here are free of any charge, intended for every mother and father, no matter who or where they are. Our initiatives are subsidised by our educational work amongst midwives in South Africa under our Sensitive Midwifery® brand, and supported but not influenced by partnerships we forge with companies which value the work the Sister Lilian Centre does to assist their clientele, like House of Zinplex, Baby City and Pegasus Homeopathics.

Dr. Margreet Barnardt

Margreet Barnardt is a Midwife Specialist, and a passionate South African born of Dutch parents. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium in 2002, and furthered her studies with a BCur Honours in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science (2012) and a Master’s Research degree in Midwifery (2014), both from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Margreet has completed her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looked at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published various articles and presented at various conferences, both nationally and internationally. 

Margreet’s first work experience as a new midwife was in the Netherlands, which is known for its strong midwifery-led model of care. After relocating to South Africa, she gained experience in both the public and private sector and became acutely aware of the many midwifery dynamics and challenges in South Africa. This moved her to start a specialised midwifery clinic in 2009 – the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic (HMBC) in Jeffreys Bay – which is a non-profit organisation committed to delivering professional private care to the most vulnerable and underprivileged women. Margreet firmly believes that the clinic is a blueprint that can be replicated in other communities and is an answer to addressing maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality. HMBC has served as a training centre for international students and several South African nurses and. While directing the clinic, Margreet also worked as an independent midwife, becoming well known as ‘The Surfing Midwife’. She has become an advocate for a better birthing culture in South Africa.

Through engaging with the founder and director of the Sister Lilian Centre, widely known as Sister Lilian, and its Sensitive Midwifery initiatives, she was identified as a worthy leadership successor for the company. Having undergone an extensive mentoring period with Sister Lilian, Margreet assumed the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Sensitive Midwifery in January 2019. This enables Margreet to continue working for all pregnant women, babies and families on a far greater scale, and to be a voice for and champion of the midwifery profession as a whole, on a national and international platform.

Gillian Richards

Gillian Richards is the longest standing team member of Sensitive Midwifery. She has been with the organisation since 2007 and has journeyed through all the twists and changes into what the company is today. She is the friendly voice and face behind the scenes and is involved with marketing activities and organisation of the Sensitive Midwifery Symposium and Academy.  She is dedicated to the vision and mission of Sensitive Midwifery, beyond the call of duty.

The highlight of her work is the rewarding feedback she receives from the Symposium attendees, once she has worked hard to market, motivate and register delegates to the Symposium year after year.

Gillian is a proud mother of two daughters. She likes to listen to music and spending quality time with her family to unwind the hectic days.

Mbali Tshabalala

Mbali is a vibrant young lady and a passionate ‘Sensitive Midwife’.  She enjoys keeping healthy and fit and she lights up the world with her laughter.

She is a Sensitive Midwifery Mentor for the Certifies Sensitive Midwife Course where she assists and empowers Midwives through the Course and in their working place.  She assists in providing education and online sessions for Moms & Dads (to be) for Sister Lilian Centre.

Mbali received her education at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and at the Hillbrow Maternity Obstetrics Unit where her love and passion for moms and babies were further nurtured. After graduating, she moved to rural KZN and worked as a Midwife where she gained experience in antenatal care, intrapartum care, postnatal care and management of obstetrics emergencies.

Mbali has worked in Independent Midwifery, practicing at a Birthing Centre in KZN, where she provided personalised care to low risk moms and their partners throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care. Mbali also aided administratively in updating the maternal records, developed a low risk
criteria and ensuring detailed documentation.

Furthermore, Mbali is studying a Diploma in Public Health in hope to make room for Midwives at the obstetric table. She remains clinically active in the field as a Midwife doing locums in Maternity Wards of Private Hospitals and a maternity program called Network One Health.

about the sister lilian centre

For pregnancy and parenting advice you can trust, look no further than the Sister Lilian Centre – South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth and babycare resource.

By sharing sound advice across our multiple platforms, our goal is to support all family members and ensure a happier, healthier experience for you as you journey through pregnancy, birth and parenting.

For further information about the Sister Lilian Centre, contact us on +27 12 809 3342 or info@sisterlilian.co.za

If you need pregnancy or parenting advice, please tap into our many resources, like our blog, podcast, Sister Lilian’s booksonline coursestracking tools, and quizzes with tips. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, or sign up for our newsletter for tips and news on all things birth and baby.

For more personalised answers and professional advice, book an online consultation with our midwife specialist.

OR

Send us your pregnancy, birth or baby-related questions and we’ll answer them on our popular ‘Birth & Baby – Advice you can trust’ SHOW. This is a hotline-style show – meaning you can reach out to us with your questions, and we will answer them with advice you can trust on our Facebook page, podcast and YouTube channel. If you have a question that you want to see answered on this show, send it via email or voice note to: info@sisterlilian.co.za.

Follow us on Facebook and get notified when we go live.

Sign up for a pregnancy or parenting online course or workshop

learn

Browse our store for books and baby products you can trust

browse

Have fun doing our quizzes to ID yourself and your baby

play

Book an online consultation with a Midwife Specialist

connect

the history of the sister lilian centre

The Sister Lilian Centre grew out of leading South African midwife and parenting expert, Sister Lilian’s, private midwifery and babycare practice. She studied nursing and midwifery from 1975 to 1981, followed by various complementary health disciplines and therapies like reflexology, homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine, all to ensure a more sensitive, intuitive, balanced and holistic approach to the life experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Since its inception in 1988, the Sister Lilian Centre’s mission has been to advise families by applying the most natural, common sense, simple methods of dealing with pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler care, and general family health concerns, in the conviction that simple steps yield profoundly positive effects. While highly qualified Midwife Specialist Margreet Wibbelink has stepped into the leadership of the Centre, her passion for excellence in midwifery and her vision to keep giving Mom & Baby advice you can trust burns just as strongly as Sister Lilian’s did for over three decades.

At the Sister Lilian Centre we believe that all babies are worth gold and that every single family is the cornerstone of society. That’s why many of the services offered here are free of any charge, intended for every mother and father, no matter who or where they are. Our initiatives are subsidised by our educational work amongst midwives in South Africa under our Sensitive Midwifery® brand, and supported but not influenced by partnerships we forge with companies which value the work the Sister Lilian Centre does to assist their clientele, like House of Zinplex, Baby City and Pegasus Homeopathics.

Dr. Margreet Wibbelink

Margreet Wibbelink is a Midwife Specialist, and a passionate South African born of Dutch parents. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium in 2002, and furthered her studies with a BCur Honours in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science (2012) and a Master’s Research degree in Midwifery (2014), both from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Margreet has completed her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looked at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published various articles and presented at various conferences, both nationally and internationally. 

Margreet’s first work experience as a new midwife was in the Netherlands, which is known for its strong midwifery-led model of care. After relocating to South Africa, she gained experience in both the public and private sector and became acutely aware of the many midwifery dynamics and challenges in South Africa. This moved her to start a specialised midwifery clinic in 2009 – the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic (HMBC) in Jeffreys Bay – which is a non-profit organisation committed to delivering professional private care to the most vulnerable and underprivileged women. Margreet firmly believes that the clinic is a blueprint that can be replicated in other communities and is an answer to addressing maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality. HMBC has served as a training centre for international students and several South African nurses and. While directing the clinic, Margreet also worked as an independent midwife, becoming well known as ‘The Surfing Midwife’. She has become an advocate for a better birthing culture in South Africa.

Through engaging with the founder and director of the Sister Lilian Centre, widely known as Sister Lilian, and its Sensitive Midwifery initiatives, she was identified as a worthy leadership successor for the company. Having undergone an extensive mentoring period with Sister Lilian, Margreet assumed the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Sensitive Midwifery in January 2019. This enables Margreet to continue working for all pregnant women, babies and families on a far greater scale, and to be a voice for and champion of the midwifery profession as a whole, on a national and international platform.

Gillian Richards

Gillian Richards is the longest standing team member of Sensitive Midwifery. She has been with the organisation since 2007 and has journeyed through all the twists and changes into what the company is today. She is the friendly voice and face behind the scenes and is involved with marketing activities and organisation of the Sensitive Midwifery Symposium and Academy.  She is dedicated to the vision and mission of Sensitive Midwifery, beyond the call of duty.

The highlight of her work is the rewarding feedback she receives from the Symposium attendees, once she has worked hard to market, motivate and register delegates to the Symposium year after year.

Gillian is a proud mother of two daughters. She likes to listen to music and spending quality time with her family to unwind the hectic days.

Diana Twala

Diana Twala has been part of the Sensitive Midwifery team since 2016, working as administrator and marketing assistant alongside Gillian Richards.  She recently joined Network One Health as an administrator integrating the “The Sensitive Midwife Way” as a member of their team for Sensitive Midwifery.

Her passion for marketing does not only end with her field of expertise in her professional roles, but filters through her personal life with a strong passion and love for content creation. Documenting her life is how she expresses herself, with a love for travel and fitness becoming her motivators to always create.  Starting her journey in studying towards her Bcom in Marketing Management, she is excited to finally practice her everyday reality in theory and achieve a long-awaited personal goal.

Mbali Tshabalala

Mbali is a vibrant young lady and a passionate ‘Sensitive Midwife’.  She enjoys keeping healthy and fit and she lights up the world with her laughter.

She is a Sensitive Midwifery Mentor for the Certifies Sensitive Midwife Course where she assists and empowers Midwives through the Course and in their working place.  She assists in providing education and online sessions for Moms & Dads (to be) for Sister Lilian Centre.

Mbali received her education at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and at the Hillbrow Maternity Obstetrics Unit where her love and passion for moms and babies were further nurtured. After graduating, she moved to rural KZN and worked as a Midwife where she gained experience in antenatal care, intrapartum care, postnatal care and management of obstetrics emergencies.

Mbali has worked in Independent Midwifery, practicing at a Birthing Centre in KZN, where she provided personalised care to low risk moms and their partners throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care. Mbali also aided administratively in updating the maternal records, developed a low risk
criteria and ensuring detailed documentation.

Furthermore, Mbali is studying a Diploma in Public Health in hope to make room for Midwives at the obstetric table. She remains clinically active in the field as a Midwife doing locums in Maternity Wards of Private Hospitals and a maternity program called Network One Health.

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