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.
Hayley is the current owner of Just Engage. She has a huge heart for young mothers and her hope is that the Just Engage course and resources will empower mothers in their parenting journey. She believes that preparation and knowledge around birth and parenting is the key to helping mothers unlock their true potential to love and nurture their babies to the best of their ability. Hayley is married to Malcolm and they currently have one son. Hayley is a trained postpartum care specialist who aims to help new mothers thrive as they begin their parenting journey. She has had years of experience as a nanny to many families both in South Africa and the UK and is well read on all things parenting and birth.
Sharon is the Founder of Just Engage and is the lecturer on a number of the lessons. She is still involved in an advisory capacity and is passionate about helping people prepare for parenthood and access the information, services and support they will need. Sharon studied physiotherapy at UCT with an interest in Pilates and Rehab. Currently she is kept exceptionally busy by her four young boys.
Jill 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.
Dr. Douglas 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 his offices at Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
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 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’.
Jenny 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.
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’.
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 Safe-Med. 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.
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.
Lizzie formerly worked for the NGO Milk Matters. Her session 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.
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 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.
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Jean Pierre Kloppers
JP is married to Sharon and is the father to their four boys. He is definitely qualified to speak on ‘What is a Father?’ He is an entrepreneur involved in a number of ventures with fatherhood being one of the many adventures on his job description.
Leon was one of the first fathers to attend one 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.