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 turnaround time.
FOUNDER & CHIEF MOMMY 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.
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FOUNDER OF MUNCHKINS, INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR, SPEAKER & PARENTING COACH
Andalene is a mother of four and proud grandmother of ten. She has fondly become known as Super Granny under the auspices of the Munchkins brand. Together with a Professor in Psychology, and backed by 2 decades’ experience, which she gained from conducting her famous home visits, she developed a parenting course. Along with her team of coaches, they are transforming families by empowering parents to work through challenges like tantrums; sleeping; eating and discipline problems; as well as establishing healthy boundaries.
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The Arrive Alive Online initiative was initiated 15 years ago and is aimed at enhancing road safety awareness as part of the much needed “E” for Education required in making roads safer! They believe that an informed road user is a safer road user and have become a very important tool to distribute road safety content not only via the Arrive Alive website, but also through a variety of road safety and insurance related blogs. As online connectivity increases, so does their ability to reach many more with educational messages. They also interact with the online community through platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It is their vision to empower all road users with the information that will make them safe on and near our roads.
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PARENTING COACH AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Following in her mother, Andalene Salvesen’s footsteps, Celeste (who is also an Occupational Therapist), is the Head Coach for Munchkins. She is raising three children who were all born premature ((a singleton girl born at 32 weeks and boy-girl-twins born at 30 weeks). She uses her experience and specialised training to support; guide and educate; and, above all, empower. Celeste says: “there are a lot more fun times than challenging ones and you can change your family status from surviving to thriving with the right parenting tools in hand.”
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DOULA, POSTPARTUM DOULA AND PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION SPECIALIST
Chrissie is passionate about the care of moms during their pregnancy, labour and beyond, helping them to have the birth experience that they dream of. She loves the motto “Mother the Mother in each of us and she will Mother us all”. Chrissie supports moms who have both natural and c section births.
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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, and 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.
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DR EBRAHIM BODA
COSMETIC AND PAEDIATRIC DENTIST
Dr Boda studied BSc and majored in biochemistry and psychology at Medunsa. Thereafter he found his passion in dentistry and completed his BDS dental degree. He continuously seeks out training and professional development opportunities, especially with topics related to cosmetic dentistry and paediatric dentistry. Dr Boda’s mission is to provide quality dental services to all patients in a warm, friendly atmosphere that is safe and comfortable and he practises in the progressive Big Red Tooth Dental Practice, located in Fourways Johannesburg in early 2012. In his free time, you’ll often find him on the golf course.
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DR ENRICO MARASCHIN
Affectionately known as “Dr Rico” by his patients, Dr Maraschin is passionate about preventative medicine and building trusted relationships with parents and patients is a priority to him. Maraschin started his private practice in January 1995 at the Morningside Mediclinic, where he strives to deliver the very best possible care for his patients. Well-known among the community, he is highly regarded with providing the best care for babies, toddlers and kids. He has played a pivotal role in creating his well-deserved prestige, with a particular interest in neonatology, allergies, immunology and vaccinology.
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BODYTALK PRACTITIONER & COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH EXPERT
Elana has a passion for and an extensive range of knowledge in complementary healing modalities. She has observed their many benefits and their role, either as a stand-alone or as an adjunct to mainstream medicine.
Elana identifies strongly with the underlying premise of whole healthcare, in which all aspects of the individual are acknowledged. A certified BodyTalk practitioner, Elana is passionate about helping both adults and children. She is also a freelance writer, with several published articles in healthcare magazines.
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CHILD & 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.
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JUNIOR PARTNER OF THE MELLINS FULL SERVICE OPTOMETRY GROUP
Inge is a qualified optometrist and started her career in 2006 working between the Mellins i-Style Bloemfontein branches. In 2009 she became the Mellins i-Style practice manager for the Brandwag branch in Bloemfontein. Inge insists on professional eye care, optically superior products and patient satisfaction. As a spokesperson for the Mellins i-Style brand she brings eye care, optically advanced testing and precision i.Scription lenses to all Mellins i-Style patients.
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DR JIREH SERFONTEIN
SEXUAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER
Dr Serfontein is passionate about all aspects of sexual health, especially HIV management, STI management, contraception, painful sex, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are some of her special interests. She qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Pretoria in 2009. Since 2013, she has been working exclusively in the field of Sexual Medicine, and in 2014, she obtained a Diploma in HIV Management from the College of Medicine in South Africa. Most recently, she completed a Master’s Degree in Sexual Health in 2017, through the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr Serfontein is part of the team at My Sexual Health – a multidisciplinary team of Sexual Health Professionals in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, who are all registered with the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) and applicable professional boards.
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DR JOANNE POTTOW
GYNAECOLOGIST AND REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST
As a gynaecologist with a special interest in reproductive medicine based at Medfem Fertility Clinic, Joanne really does believe that modern women can have it all if they choose to, and she is passionate about empowering them to be in control of their lives and the decision to start a family. She is also committed to educating both genders on fertility issues in an honest, yet positive way and assisting people to achieve their dream of having a family. Joanne has a special interest in onco-fertility.
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CLINICAL DIETITIAN & FOUNDER OF NUTRIPAEDS
Kath is a clinical dietitian (with special interest in paediatrics) who has been in private practice for the past 18 years. After qualifying as a dietitian, Kath studied further internationally and gained specialist experience in paediatric and special needs dietetics. Her three children constantly challenge her theoretical paradigms and help her put her theory into practice. Kath’s private national and international practice, around the country and world, is not only built on assisting her little patients with their nutritional needs but also offering support to moms and dads. She is a regular speaker at baby and toddler seminars, runs workshops on infant and childhood nutrition, writes for leading publications and she is a respected author in her field. Kath sits on three international boards including the European board for feeding premature infants.
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ADVISOR IN MATTERS AUDIOLOGY/HEARING
Kelly Nathan is a registered audiologist and currently owns and works at Kelly Nathan Audiology in Johannesburg. Kelly also provides sessional clinical supervision to students at the University of Witwatersrand and is an active member on various committees of the South African Association of Audiologists. Kelly has an interest in hearing healthcare in children and adults, and believes in providing her clients with individualised service for all their hearing needs in a warm and caring environment. Kelly is passionate about the work that she does, people and communication.
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DR LANA MARCUS
Lana qualified from Wits Medical school in 2002 and spent three years working in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care in London and Johannesburg. After acquiring her Diploma in Anaesthetics, Lana decided to focus on family medicine and is currently working in her own private GP practice in Waverley JHB, dealing with patients of all ages. Lana is a mother of two young boisterous boys.
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FOUNDER OF THE HEALTH COACH ACADEMY
Mary Comerce is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She specialised as a Pregnancy Health Coach at the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, as well as in Child Nutrition and Food Preparation at Stanford University. She is currently furthering her qualifications at The Early Nutrition Academy with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Pregnancy and Post-Partum Nutrition and Lifestyle: Breastfeeding Nutrition, Complementary Feeding in Infancy and Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants, Micronutrients in Pregnancy and Lactation and Epigenetics, as well as studying Living Nutrition and Hormone Balance at the Body and Mind Institute, with David Wolf. Coming from a teaching and training background, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge and changing people’s lives. She is a strong believer in bio-individuality and the importance of listening to our body’s natural inner dialogue.
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PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT EXPERT
As seasoned SBD Bereavement Doula and having suffered pregnancy losses herself, Nicci contributes her perinatal bereavement expertise to pregnancy and infant loss awareness and education. Utilising her experience as previous corporate trainer, she has written an online course for bereaved parents to equip them to deal with their grief. As owner of NCOT (Pty) Ltd she has also conceptualised and written SA’s first comprehensive online perinatal bereavement worker training programme. Working together with a specialist gynaecologist in Midrand, Nicci offers doula support to parents choosing to birth naturally or via Caesarean section. She is a seasoned birth and remembrance photographer and has written an E-book on infertility and adoption, called Almost Pregnant under the pseudonym Hannah Amos. As proud mother of three boys (23, 21 and 8 years) she is experienced in all things ‘mother’ and has been there, and seen and done that – with many stories to tell about the joys of motherhood.
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AUTHOR, PRESENTER AND 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. She 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 guide children and adults on navigating their relationships in physical and virtual space.
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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.
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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.
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DR SUMAYYA EBRAHIM
Dr Ebrahim is a registered psychologist in Johannesburg. She holds an honours degree in Applied Psychology, a cum laude Masters degree in Psychology and a PhD. She has special interest in the areas of wellbeing, infertility, parenthood, sexuality, the body and emotional intelligence. Dr Ebrahim is both an academic and a practitioner and is the author of Investment in Self: A comprehensive wellbeing construct.
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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.
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MIDWIFE IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
Xoli is a mother of three working as a private midwife at Genesis Clinic in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. After working leaving Eastern Cape, she worked in various private clinics in Johannesburg until she joined Linkwood Clinic in 2002. Thereafter, she decided to open her own private practice to fulfil her dream of helping women to make informed birthing choices and feel fully supported of their choice.
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