OUR EXPERTS

Your need as a parent for reliable advice and information straight from the source encouraged us to put together a panel of experts who are well respected in their particular fields. Not only do they add value to the content we publish on BabyYumYum, but they are also available to answer your relevant questions within a 24-72-hour turn-around time.

AMANDA ROGALY

FOUNDER OF BABYYUMYUM

BabyYumYum was formed by brand builder Amanda Rogaly, a business woman, entrepreneur, wife and mother. Amanda is passionate about sharing knowledge and believes that a happy baby equals a happy mommy. This continuous circle of energy creates empowered mommies who have knowledge and confidence. Amanda’s impressive career includes owning a marketing consultancy, as well as a large-scale event management and communications company that was nominated as one of the top 200 BEE companies in South Africa. She was also nominated one of the ‘Top Women in Business and Government’ in 2011 by Impumelelo magazine. Her face and voice are familiar to television viewers and radio listeners nationwide.

CLAIRE MAHER

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Claire studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, qualifying in 2012. Her approach is psychodynamic and long term. She now works in private practice and lends her services to a school in Johannesburg. She sees children for play therapy, adolescents for therapy and parents for parental guidance, and she conducts assessments for school placement and accommodations.

KATH MEGAW

FOUNDER OF NUTRIPAEDS

Kath Megaw holds four medical qualifications including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She has been published in the Epilepsia journal on the use of the paediatric ketogenic diet in third-world settings and frequently speaks to groups of both professionals and parents on infant and childhood nutrition. She is the co-author of Feeding Sense and has been in private practice for the past 15 years.

ANDALENE SALVESEN

FOUNDER OF MUNCHKINS, INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR, SPEAKER & PARENTING COACH

Andalene is a mother of four and the proud grandmother of nine. She has fondly become known as the Supergranny of Munchkins. In conjunction with a Professor in Psychology and many qualified mentors, she proceeded to develop a parenting course, which she has been presenting for the past 16 years, as well as a personal service that includes private home visits. For the past 10 years, she has coached families through tantrums; sleeping, eating and discipline problems, as well as establishing healthy boundaries.

CELESTE RUSHBY

PARENTING COACH & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Celeste has followed in her mother Andalene Salvesen’s footsteps. She is also an occupational therapist, a Munchkins’ parenting coach, and the mother of three premature babies (a singleton born at 32 weeks and twins born at 30 weeks). She uses her experience and specialised training to support, guide and educate and, above all, to empower. When you have the right parenting tools, Celeste says there are many more fun times than challenging ones and you can change your family status from “surviving” to “thriving”.

RIANETTE LEIBOWITZ

AUTHOR, PRESENTER & CYBER SAFETY ACTIVIST

Rianette aims to save lives by creating awareness of responsible online engagement for the youth and their parents with the support of national and international parties involved. Rianette has appeared on various platforms as a TV and radio presenter, author and speaker. In her book Not for Sale – Relationships of Influence, she conveys her passion for the power of personal and professional relationships by telling the stories of influencers and friends. Rianette embraces any opportunity to teach children and adults how to manage and nurture their relationships in a digital age.

GOOD NIGHT

CHILD & BABY SLEEP CONSULTANCY

As BabyYumYum’s exclusive sleep experts, Good Night specialises in all things sleep when it comes to babies and young children. This includes help for expectant mothers, parents of newborn babies, as well as toddlers and even school-ready children. Parents are taught how to help their children sleep well and self-soothe by providing a variety of products and services that include private consultations, in-home overnight stays, workshops and seminars. Good Night’s sleep consultants are trained professionals who undergo strict screening and education processes. They don’t follow one particular methodology and believe in a start-to-finish solution for families. Good Night is associated with international associations and accredited by the South African Sleep Association.

STACEY LEWIS

FOUNDER OF THE DIVORCE SOURCE

A qualified physiotherapist by profession, Stacey’s traumatic divorce led her seek healing and assistance where she could. When she got to the point that she considered herself a “successful divorcee”, Stacey began to help other women going through a similar experience on an informal basis. In December 2015, The Divorce Source was born as an online community and hub divorced and divorcing women can visit for support, information and inspiration. Stacey derives immense meaning from being able to help other women; she is compassionate and knowledgeable and offers practical advice to those going through the process of divorce.

SALLY BAKER

SOCIAL WORKER IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

Sally Baker’s private social work practice is located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, where she specialises in birth trauma counselling and helping mothers with postnatal stress, depression and adjustment difficulties. When Sally isn’t counselling or hosting a mothers’ group, she holds ‘Birthing from Within’ childbirth preparation classes and empowering ‘BOLD Method’ workshops for women. Her solution-focused approach to therapy has seen her become a valued guest on radio and television programmes, and she is an active committee member of the Post Natal Depression Support Association.

DR TRACY PAIKEN

GP SPECIALISNG IN PAEDIATRICS

Dr Tracy Paiken studied at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School and completed her internship and community service at Johannesburg Hospital. During this time Dr Paiken also completed a Diploma in Child Health and the Diploma in Obstetrics before moving to London for nine years, where she worked in a dedicated paediatric emergency department. She is now a mother of two with a practice in Linksfield, Johannesburg.

VEERASH SRIKISON

ADVOCATE, MEDIATOR, & DIRECTOR: FAIR PRACTICE

Veerash Srikison is an admitted advocate since 2003 and also the founder and director at Fair Practice (PTY) Ltd based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She chose to branch out into providing mediation as a way to realistically resolve family disputes as one method of access to justice with less adversary and trauma. Coupled with raising awareness about the benefits of mediation with her numerous engagements in the media, she also focuses on the rights of children, particularly the voice of the child. Veerash is a trustee of Matla A Bana – A Voice Against Child Abuse, and works closely with the SAPS. Her passion for giving people a fair hearing and a voice to share their experiences has made her an invited keynote speaker at numerous conferences and events.

Disclaimer: All content on this site, including advice from doctors and other healthcare professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor or professional in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others, or other personal issues.

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