about the sister lilian centre

For pregnancy and parenting advice you can trust, look no further than the Sister Lilian Centre. Here, we strive to improve pregnancy, birth and parenting with a range of different advisory services and activities.

The Sister Lilian Centre is South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth and babycare resource, and shares sound advice in every page or activity on this website, to help all pregnant women, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grans and granddads everywhere to have a better, happier, healthier experience of the journey called family!

Should you need any 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, eBaby online magazine, Sister Lilian’s books, online courses, tracking tools, and quizzes with tips. We regret that we aren’t able to offer personalised answers to individual queries for advice, but note that we give many helpful tips on our Facebook and Instagram pages too.

Read our free magazines, which are jam-packed with helpful information

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Sign up for a pregnancy or parenting online course or workshop

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Browse our Store for books and baby products you can trust

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Have fun doing our quizzes to ID yourself and your baby

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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 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.

Lilian Paramor

Sister Lilian has been a leading South African pregnancy and parenting advisor for many years, is a best-selling author and has often appeared on radio and TV, and in parenting magazines, as South Africa’s go-to parenting expert. Some of her books have even been translated into Spanish, Romanian and Afrikaans. As a qualified midwife, nurse, reflexologist and natural healthcare practitioner who began her independent practice in 1988, she has helped countless parents find responsible, natural solutions to any of their parenting concerns.

Sister Lilian’s burning desire is to help Moms and Dads enjoy their parenting experience, and to empower women during pregnancy, labour and while raising their children. She calls her approach ‘sensitive parenting’ and firmly believes that raising children is the most important job on earth because it is all about raising the next generation and shaping the future of the world.

Sister Lilian says: “Harsh parenting breeds harsh people, whereas sensitive parenting is exceptionally successful at liberating the best in each individual. This view is based on sound evidence and my years of hands-on experience. Individuality, innovation and intuition are key to the best pregnancy, birth and parenting experience possible. I want all parents to know that simple steps can have a huge impact, and could easily change your situation for the better… as long as you are prepared to take those first steps!”

The Sister Lilian Centre grew out of Sister Lilian’s private midwifery and babycare practice. Initially it was a walk-in centre but currently, all Sister Lilian Centre services are offered online or are booked by special arrangement with the Sister Lilian Centre.

Sister Lilian is also the founder of the unique Sensitive Midwifery® brand, whose initiatives work to improve the quality of care available to women and babies, to challenge unacceptable midwifery practices and to encourage more sensitive, caring midwifery and childcare. The Sister Lilian Centre offers referrals to a network of midwives and associated pregnancy, birth and childcare professionals in South Africa.

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 is currently completing her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looks at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published two 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 (www.hmbc.co.za). 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 assumes the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Editor of Sensitive Midwifery Magazine 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.

about the sister lilian centre

For pregnancy and parenting advice you can trust, look no further than the Sister Lilian Centre. Here, we strive to improve pregnancy, birth and parenting with a range of different advisory services and activities.

The Sister Lilian Centre is South Africa’s leading pregnancy, birth and babycare resource, and shares sound advice in every page or activity on this website, to help all pregnant women, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grans and granddads everywhere to have a better, happier, healthier experience of the journey called family!

Should you need any 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, eBaby online magazine, Sister Lilian’s books, online courses, tracking tools, and quizzes with tips. We regret that we aren’t able to offer personalised answers to individual queries for advice, but note that we give many helpful tips on our Facebook and Instagram pages too.

Read our free magazines, which are jam-packed with helpful information

read

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

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.

Lilian Paramor

Sister Lilian has been a leading South African pregnancy and parenting advisor for many years, is a best-selling author and has often appeared on radio and TV, and in parenting magazines, as South Africa’s go-to parenting expert. Some of her books have even been translated into Spanish, Romanian and Afrikaans. As a qualified midwife, nurse, reflexologist and natural healthcare practitioner who began her independent practice in 1988, she has helped countless parents find responsible, natural solutions to any of their parenting concerns.

Sister Lilian’s burning desire is to help Moms and Dads enjoy their parenting experience, and to empower women during pregnancy, labour and while raising their children. She calls her approach ‘sensitive parenting’ and firmly believes that raising children is the most important job on earth because it is all about raising the next generation and shaping the future of the world.

Sister Lilian says: “Harsh parenting breeds harsh people, whereas sensitive parenting is exceptionally successful at liberating the best in each individual. This view is based on sound evidence and my years of hands-on experience. Individuality, innovation and intuition are key to the best pregnancy, birth and parenting experience possible. I want all parents to know that simple steps can have a huge impact, and could easily change your situation for the better… as long as you are prepared to take those first steps!”

The Sister Lilian Centre grew out of Sister Lilian’s private midwifery and babycare practice. Initially it was a walk-in centre but currently, all Sister Lilian Centre services are offered online or are booked by special arrangement with the Sister Lilian Centre.

Sister Lilian is also the founder of the unique Sensitive Midwifery® brand, whose initiatives work to improve the quality of care available to women and babies, to challenge unacceptable midwifery practices and to encourage more sensitive, caring midwifery and childcare. The Sister Lilian Centre offers referrals to a network of midwives and associated pregnancy, birth and childcare professionals in South Africa.

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 is currently completing her PhD at the same university where she has also assisted as a student mentor for advanced midwife students. Her PhD looks at strategies to scale-up clinical midwifery practices in South Africa. She has published two 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 (www.hmbc.co.za). 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 assumes the position of General Manager of the Sister Lilian Centre and Editor of Sensitive Midwifery Magazine 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.

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Learn with the Sister Lilian Centre

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