Artemis Health is the coming together of 3 women who are passionate about the child bearing year:
Daphne Lyell – a homeopath and medical doctor, was raised in a small farming community in the Free State, called Hoopstad. She grew up with her feet in the soil treasuring the connectedness that comes from being still and breathing in wide open spaces. She has a special interest in women’s health and supporting the natural process of pregnancy, birth and beyond.
After school she studied Homeopathy. Brewing in the background there was always a special interest and fascination with pregnancy, birth and trusting our bodies. She then went on to study medicine to get into a position where facilitating the space for women to birth their babies was within her reach. Travelling through the, often traumatic, corridors of life inside of the state hospitals’ obstetric wards made her realise that a gentler and kinder approach is what is needed in order for women to be handed back their pregnancy and labour process. In doing so a mother is born once her child arrives – empowered, enriched and enabled to care for her child from a place of inner strength.
Despite being trained in the medical model of care (always observing and monitoring for pathology in pregnancy) she is currently applying the midwifery model of care (approaching pregnancy as a normal physiological process) and will only act to pathology once it presents itself, instead of always expecting a pregnancy to go ‘wrong’. She advocates for women to educate themselves around pregnancy, labour and early parenting and thereby being informed and more in control to make the right choices for themselves and their babies.
She has a special interest in working with the emotional process women experience during pregnancy and treating homoeopathically when necessary. This is the time the body allows a woman to revisit past pleasant and painful experiences and by so doing, preparing her for being in a healthier place to receive her child.
Daphne is a pro-choice GP and loves walking the road with young parents and looking at alternative ways to build the immune system. She takes into consideration the whole context and environment while acknowledging how dynamic we are as people. She uses a combination of homeopathic medicine, herbals as well orthodox medicine when called for.
Caitlyn Collins – a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. Caitlyn has recently registered with the South African Traditional Doctors Union as a traditional birth attendant. She is a WOMBS trained doula since 2006.
She is passionate about being current with the latest research pertaining to midwifery care, is a firm believer in informed choice so that each woman and family can be empowered in the journey to becoming parents. She sees pregnancy, labour, birth and mothering as sacred events in a woman’s life. Part of being a midwife for Caitlyn is to encourage a trusting and loving connection with our bodies. She facilitates compassion tutorials with medical students from UCT and is a director at the Compassionate Birth Project, working with state employed midwives. She has completed an externship in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and is currently busy with a bridging bachelors degree in Midwifery.
She is a very happy mother of 2 boys and a girl and finds her children are her biggest teachers.
Lynne Groenewald is the mother of two boys whose arrivals sparked the awakening of a fascination and reverence for pregnancy, birth, babies, the crucial time just after birth, as well as for women’s bodies and well-being in general. Leaving her creative background in clothing design and retail gradually behind, she qualified as a Mama Bamba Way Antenatal Facilitator in 2014 and completed her Ashtanga Vinyasa Based Yoga Teacher’s Training with Jax Jai in 2015, to focus on prenatal yoga.
She is on a mission to empower women and families with knowledge, enabling them to make the decisions that are right for them, and to provide the space for women to develop a deep awareness of their own power, and an awareness and innate trust in the body and in all the body’s processes. Community is something very close to her heart, and she hopes to nurture the development of strong connections between groups of expecting parents through the workshops and classes she offers, with the goal of these connections offering ongoing support and nourishment to one another into parenthood.
Lynne believes that how we come into the world has an indelible bearing on who and how we become and what we contribute to the world, and that by supporting families to have positive birth experiences, we can bring more love and awareness into our world. She feels very strongly that the way in which we think about and honour the other important transitions in the lives of women, in particular early puberty and first menstruation, has an effect on how we see our bodies and on how we approach birth.She is hoping to work with small groups of young girls and their close female relatives to celebrate and equip them in becoming women.
We are passionate about supporting women through the childbearing years and our services cover antenatal care, labour and birth care, doula support, post partum support and antenatal courses.