Sister Victoria Black, owner and founder of Protea Midwifery Birth Unit & Services started her private practice in 2017 and together with her team, has 15 years of combined midwifery experience serving families in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. As midwives and childbirth educators their passion for supporting families has only become stronger as they continue to build relationships with partners in the community to help create “the village” families need and deserve as they welcome their babies into the world.
THE PROTEA MIDWIFERY TEAM
Midwife and Founder
Ashley van Niekerk
“It is not pain, it is the power to birth your baby.”
I always knew that I wanted to be a midwife. Before I even started my journey to become a nurse the whole process of childbearing held a special place in my heart. When I finally trained as a midwife, it just affirmed what I had always known, my place was at the family’s side when you bring new life into this world. It is a very sacred time in a person’s life, whether you are starting a new family or becoming parents again for the fifth time. It remains a blessing and should be treated with attention to detail, individualized care and sensitivity. It was through my experiences as a mother and a midwife that I wanted to go into private practice, to give others the same positive experiences that I had during my journeys into motherhood. I believe that you are the captain of your ship and should be well informed throughout your pregnancy, to make educated choices for you, your family and your baby.
Ashley van Niekerk
Unlike many midwives, midwifery chose me. During my training I was certain that I would work in trauma or ICU. Until I witnessed my first birth as a student midwife. I stood in awe as I watched this mom tap into her inner strength and the pure joy on her face when her little one was placed on her chest. It is a feeling that I still get at every single birth that I have the privilege of attending. Building that trust with our clients during their journey into parenthood is something so special. Helping our moms realize that birth is nothing to be feared - but rather to help them believe in their power to birth their baby. Helping dad to support his partner during this life altering event, there is nothing that quite beats the look on their faces when they first lay eyes on their little ones.
“Birth asks you not to be fearless, it asks you to be brave.”
There is a phase in labour, appropriately called transition where a woman will meet her breaking point. It's during this phase that the maiden ceases to be, so that she can be reborn as a mother. Finding that inner strength that was in her all along. Being part of this very intimate and sacred process is unfathomable and so special. Emotions are high after every birth and assurance, follow up care, and careful guidance during these overwhelming moments, are why we are here. For me, there could be no role more honourable and rewarding than that of a midwife and peadiatric nurse, it encapsulates everything that I love and is a role which I feel I was made for. A midwife's job doesn't stop after delivery, its a journey to ease both mother and baby emotionally and physically into a new chapter of life. I wish to have the joy of being an advocate for women, supporting, enabling and empowering them during the most incredible time in life. I consider midwifery to be more than a job, rather a privilege and a vocation. Sr Anchen will attend to moms and babies at our Bedfordview practice.
Words are just not enough to express the services I have received from Victoria. Not only is she passionate about what she does, but this is her calling. From the day I spoke with Victoria to date it's been a wonderful experience. The care, love and kindness she shows all her patients is amazing. I love her so much and I just wanna thank her for everything she's done for me and my baby.
Absolutely the best midwife in South Africa , when I had no where to have my baby she welcomed me with open arms , and made my labour as pain free and comfortable as possible, the nicest people you will ever meet.
I was absolutely blown away by the sheer presence, calm power, humble nature, kind eyes and incredible care and expertise displayed by Victoria when I attended a birth with her. I absolutely recommend her to any pregnant and birthing woman.
Victoria and Ashley are an amazing team. I had a pretty easy pregnancy, but with each appointment my laundry list of questions were answered. The day of my birth and the time spent in the birthing centre was amazing, and even though I ended the day in theatre for an emergency C-section, these two ladies went above and beyond to do everything they could to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Victoria was an absolute angel in surgery and kept assuring me that everything would be fine. She was right! My over achiever of a child came out with incredible APGAR scores and was 100% healthy arriving earth side. Now that we are on the other side of the birth, they are still with me every step of the way. Helping me figure out this first time mom thing, and being an amazing, knowledgeable support to deal with my medical moments and letting me ask ALL the questions. I would recommend Protea Nursing Services to anyone looking for a te of midwives that really care about you as a mom and the well-being of your incoming offspring. Victoria... your secret is out!! ANY mom would be beyond privileged to share their pregnancy journey with your team. Who knows, we may be back with a sibling in a few years.
Midwife of the Century goes to Victoria!!! I've never met such a loving, caring, phenomenal, passionate woman who loves and enjoys her profession so much! Wow, I am still blown away by the service Protea Nursing home provides you'll never go WRONG! Sister Victoria is very Supportive she's one of the reasons why I enjoyed my pregnancy I can't thank her enough for bringing my Beautiful baby into the world, there's no amount of money or gifts that could come close to my gratitude I'll forever be greatful.
I was so terrified to go into labour but with the help of stephni and Victoria they put my mind at ease, they answered all of our questions and made us feel super comfortable with the process. They really knew what my body needed and helped me through labour every step of the way, they were so comforting at the most vulnerable time in my life and for that I will never forget the excellent service they gave us!! Godsent angels.
As a very nervous first time mother, during a global epedemic, living in a country with one of the highest c-section rates in the world, I was naturally terrified. Terrified of birthing (every movie, every story, everything you hear about child birth is terrifying) terrified of being in a hospital with the possibility of either myself or our baby or my partner contracting Corona virus and terrified that my partner would not be allowed to be there with me (due to restrictions put in place by various hospitals and birthing centers in the name of Corona virus) I was even more terrified that I would be coerced into a c-section like so many mothers before me. Victoria guided me through my entire pregnancy, she supported and comforted me and my partner in every possible way. Victoria gave me the confidence to trust my body, trust my instincts and believe that I could birth our child naturally, without any medications or interferences just as nature intended. Victoria spent hours coaching me through my natural unmedicated birth, in the most incredible way, she gave me a gift I will never be able to repay, the gift of time and confidence to slowly, gently and safely birth our baby boy. I cannot put into words just how incredible this woman is and how knowledgeable and capable and intuitive she is as a Midwife. I will be forever be grateful for the gifts she gave me during my pregnancy and home birth. I am a proud first time mother and it's all thanks to Victoria and her team.
As i decided that i wanted a VBAC, i needed the right kind of support - one where i would still be able to make decisions about my birth while trusting the professional. Victoria brings that as well as a sense of serenity and empowerment about the capability of the female body. On 14 June 2019, she kept telling me that i had come too far to quit. Listen, after hours of active labour, i was done. I was ready to quit and opt for a c-section but she was literally my pillar of strength...and everyone else who was present during my natural birth experience.
Excellent antenatal and postnatal care with professional skill and a personal approach. True passion for helping families. We have had a beautiful pregnancy, birth and parenting experience with her support