Meet the Team

As Just Engage we are very grateful to and very proud of our fantastic team of specialists and health care professionals who have offered their time and knowledge as lecturers for this course.

You can meet each of them here,read about their background, which topics of the course they will cover and how to contact them.

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Sharon Kloppers

 

Sharon Kloppers

Sharon studied physiotherapy at UCT with an interest in Pilates and Rehab.

Now a mother of four boys and founder of Just Engage, she is passionate about helping people prepare for parenthood and access the information, services and support they will need.

Sharon lectures a number of lessons on these courses.

E-mail – sharon@justengage.co.za

 

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Jill Bergman

 

 

 

Jill Bergman

Qualified from UCT, South Africa  in 1983 with a degree and Teachers Diploma.

She has taught in Zimbabwe and South Africa and lectured at Teachers Training College. She has supported her husband Dr Nils Bergman in Kangaroo Mother Care since he started in 1988, and in a full-time capacity since 2000. She and Nils have produced 4 DVDs and written a book ‘Hold Your Prem’ for parents of premature babies. They have 3 adult children.

Jill currently trains nursing staff in the practicalities of KMC, and works with developmental care. She has a passion for supporting mothers in labour as a doula and as a kangaroula  empowering mums and babies with early breastfeeding.

Jill covers 2 sessions: Skin-to-skin Contact and the Benefits of a Doula.

E-mail – jill@kangaroomothercare.com

 

Dr. Douglas Dumbrill

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Dr. Doug Dumbrill

Doug Dumbrill is a gynaecologist and obstetrician based at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town. He returned to South Africa a few years ago after practising in the UK and is pro-natural birth. In this course, he covers a session on Caesarian Sections and deals with the natural vs caesar debate. 

To book an appointment with Dr. Dumbrill, contact Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Paul Sinclair

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Dr. Paul Sinclair

Dr. Paul Sinclair is a paediatrician who works at both Vincent Pallotti and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals in Cape Town. His special interest is in nephrology but here, he covers common conditions and ailments to watch out for in our children and deals with the importance of vaccination schedules. 

 

 

 

CJ L’Hoste

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CJ L’Hoste

CJ is a clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy from her practice in Claremont, Cape Town. Her special interest is in women’s wellness. Her session on our course is entitled ‘Becoming a Parent’.

E-mail – catherineL@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

Jenny Perkel

Profile Parenting 4 of 5Jenny is the founder and owner of Babies in Mind and authored a book of the same name. She is a psychologist working in private practice in Cape Town and runs Babies in Mind workshops around the country.

E-mail – jenny@perkel.co.za/ website – www.babiesinmind.co.za

 

Dr. Bavi Vythilingum

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Dr. Bavi Vythilingum

Bavi is a psychiatrist working in private practice in Cape Town. She also helps to promote the work of pndsa and here we have shared a talk she gave at our first Just Engage event on the realities of postnatal depression. Her talk is entitled ‘Woman to Mother’.

E-mail – dr.baviv@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 Vanessa Pickford

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Vanessa Pickford

Vanessa is a well-known CPR instructor and lecturer. She is a registered nurse who has specialised in this area and now runs her own business called Safe2Grow. She also lectures Advanced Life Support to medical students at UCT. She is based in Cape Town and is the mother of 3 boys. Her lecture is on CPR for infants and coping with choking.

E-mail – vanessa@safe2grow.com

 

 

Hayley Brown

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Hayley Brown

Hayley  studied a B.Sc in Human Life Sciences from Stellenbosch University. She trained as a Pilates Instructor in Durban and has since worked at a private Pilates studio in Cape Town. Now a mother herself, she demonstrates in her video lecture how basic Pilates exercises can be adapted for during pregnancy and beyond.

E-mail – collins.hayley@gmail.com

 

 

 

Lizzie Brierley

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Lizzie Brierley

Lizzie works for the NGO Milk Matters and informs our expecting couples about the urgent need for donated breastmilk especially for preemies in our country and how healthy mothers can donate breastmilk to save other lives.

E-mail – lizzie@milkmatters.org

 

 

 

Megan Benn

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Megan Benn

Megan is a registered nurse, midwife and mother of two. She was the founder of Motherhood Matters, a postnatal practice that offered home visits to mothers and new babies. She believes that individualized care in the comfort of your home leads to higher breastfeeding success rates and fewer postnatal complications for mom and baby. In our course, she covers a session on Postnatal Care for Moms.

 

 

 

 

Lynn Keck

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Lynn Keck

Lynn is a qualified nurse, midwife, community nurse and lactation consultant, as well as a registered baby massage instructor. She has been working with mums and babies for over 12 years and is now doing postnatal home visits and giving baby massage classes. Here, she guides a mom through a breastfeeding demonstration and covers baby massage and basic newborn care.

E-mail – lynn@motherhoodmatters.co.za

 

 

Jean Pierre Kloppers

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Jean Pierre Kloppers

 

JP, husband of Sharon, the founder of Just Engage and father to their 4 boys, is definitely qualified to speak on ‘What is a Father?’ He is an entrepreneur involved in a number of ventures with fatherhood being 1 of the many adventures on his job description. 

 

 

 

 

Leon Breytenbach

 

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Leon Breytenbach

Leon was one of the first fathers to attend 1 of our Antenatal Courses. Here, he shares his experience and ideas of how a husband and father can play their vital role during labour and birth.