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It takes a village to raise a child and connecting with fellow moms and dads leads to sharing of knowledge. That’s where Parent + Baby Brunch supported by Fedhealth comes in. Hosted by Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, the Baby Brunch | The Parenting Series podcast features fun and insightful conversations with ordinary parents doing extraordinary things. These can serve as a source of support, inspiration and advice for parents, moms and moms-to-be as we delve into the unique experiences of diverse ...
 
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There are so many organisations and programmes that need our support both during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and every other time of the year. We learn about how we can support parents and children going through this battle by chatting to Prof. Loveland from Surgeons for Little Lives. Brought to you by Fedhealth, Epi-max & Jacaranda 94.2.…
 
Everybody has their own menstruation story – and that is exactly why we need a book that can help everyone. We interview some of the authors of ‘Flow: The book about menstruation’ to demystify a topic which affects half of the population – and affects both our girls and our boys. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
“The way we raise our children has the power to change the world,” says conscious leader and mom of two Nozipho Mbatha. This parenting coach is the founder of Nurture with Nozi, a platform to support parents in building a deeper connection with their children – and she has some advice for us. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Between gynaecologists, midwives and doulas, there is a type of birth support for every type of mom-to-be. We talk with experienced doula Nicolette Hadden about the birth support that a doula can give to both parents during this special time in their lives. Brought to you by Fedhealth.By Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp
 
No two mothers have the same story, nor do they have the same path to walk with their family. South African film, television, and theatre actress Simoné Pretorius shares her unique experience in an honest and authentic chat about faith, motherhood and life. Brought to you by Fedhealth.By Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp
 
Over 60% of children in South Africa grow up without a father. But the work of a single mother is more than double of what you would think it would be. Journalist Julian Jansen talks us through what went into his extremely significant and poignant book ‘Seuns Sonder Pa’s’, outlining the impact on households where the father is absent. Brought to yo…
 
Lack of sleep affects every aspect of our lives – so imagine what it does to our little ones? Baby is tired, and we are exhausted. We chat to qualified sleep consultants and moms Lindi Koekemoer and Zanda Greeff to get practical tips and tricks to enhance baby’s sleep routine and ours. Brought to you by Fedhealth Medical Aid. Supported by Epi-max &…
 
We all want financial freedom for our families – a bright and exciting future for our little ones. But where do we even start? We chat to Certified Financial Planner Elke Brink to understand just that as we discuss the road to financial security for our families. Brought to you by Fedhealth.By Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp
 
What exactly does a midwife do? Registered nurse and midwife Angela Wakeford talks to us from her depth of experience as we define the role of a midwife, both independently and in relation to gynaecologists and doulas, as well as when and why we might need the expertise of a midwife during our journey. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
A gem in the crown of South African arts, multiple award-winning actor turned writer and director Quanita Adams is our guest as we talk about her journey as a new mom, as well as her metaphorical baby as a result of her filmmaking debut. We get to know the quirky and talented star in this down-to-earth interview. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Diet shouldn’t be a scary word – especially as you prepare to welcome a beautiful baby into the world. To truly understand our relationship with food as our bodies go through so many changes, we chat to registered dietitian Maya du Plessis, who has a special interest in paediatric nutrition and nutrition in pregnancy and lactation. Brought to you b…
 
We may have a world of information at our fingertips in the digital age, but when it comes to each unique situation, what Doctor says is always best. We discuss everything to do with pregnancy, from the before to the after and everything in between, with OB-Gynae-Sexologist Dr Mpume Zenda, otherwise known as Dr Gynae. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Different hormones play different roles in different people at different stages of their lives. We brought together GP and Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr Grant Fourie and naturopathic endocrinologist Dr Melinda Wessels for an important unpacking of how hormones impact menopause, libido, endometriosis, depression and more. Brought to you by Fed…
 
Since our last episode on the topic, the word ‘vaccine’ has gained a whole new gravitas in light of a pandemic. This time, we hear the story of a mom that might challenge the way we view vaccines as a whole, and we discuss everything that parents need to know with medicines information pharmacist Lee Baker. This podcast is dedicated to Dylan Beinar…
 
World Hearing Day is celebrated on 3 March annually to spread awareness for hearing health. We discuss what this means for our little ones in conversation with experienced audiologists Bronwyn van Wyk and Dr Natalie Buttress to equip ourselves as parents and ensure hearing care for all. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
The meaning of sexual health changes as we grow from adolescence to adulthood, and even more when we become parents. We speak with author, medical doctor and specialist in sexual and reproductive health Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng to understand this topic with respect to our children and partners. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Prevention is better than cure. Rather than living in fear, equip your family against hazards which lead to choking, suffocating, burning, falling, drowning and more. We chat to child injury specialist Pumla Mtambeka-Nyakaza from ChildSafe SA to learn about how to keep our children safe from environmental and age-specific dangers as they grow up. B…
 
Self-leadership expert and mother of two Lori Milner knows exactly where we’re going wrong with our New Year’s resolutions each year. In our discussion with her, she simplifies our habits and human nature into something we can use to our advantage as we aim to better ourselves each year, or each month or week or day. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
This year’s back-to-school rush is like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. As we try to guide our little ones through childhood and schooling in the midst of a pandemic, we all have so many questions. So we’re discussing every parent’s current concerns with principal and early childhood development specialist, Joan Tindale – brought to you by F…
 
After a year which no parent was prepared for, we review some of the most significant lessons and insights from the Baby Brunch podcasts of 2020 in order to go into the new year ready and informed. We talk about everything from protecting our little ones to protecting ourselves and our marriages, and much much more. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Crime doesn’t sleep. Especially during the festive season. South Africa’s safety and hijack prevention expert Richard Brussow is back to share his tips and tricks for a smooth holiday season for all – from those staying at home to those travelling with their little ones, and even the silly season shopping experience. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Mental health is a misunderstood topic. At some times, it is not taken seriously, and at others, it is not even considered. Medical doctor Dr Leandri Hattingh, who has a special interest in this field, joins us along with Charney Habelgaarn, physiotherapist and mom to a little girl with special needs. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
No one chooses when they die. So what happens to your children and loved ones if you pass away prematurely? Not thinking about your will can jeopardise all that you’ve done to secure your children’s future. Alex Simeonides, co-founder and CEO of Capital Legacy, talks to us about putting together a will and estate in South Africa. Brought to you by …
 
Divorce is scary, but the process itself shouldn’t add to the emotional strain you and your family are already going through. We chat to attorney Pieter Spruyt and family law mediator Rushka Pedro to better understand how to take such a step with the least painful outcomes. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Who would you trust to write a children’s book for your children ? Prof Thuli Madonsela needs no introduction in the political and legal field, and she is now extending her extraordinary impact to younger minds and families with “Melo’s Kingdom”, her first children’s book. Elana talks with the professor about children, motherhood, spirituality and …
 
Misconception is rife when it comes to one of the only long-term contraceptive methods available to men. What is the success rate of a vasectomy? And what is its relationship with overall sexual function? We chat to specialist urologist and robotic surgeon Dr James Urry to separate fact from fiction in this podcast, brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Join husband-and-wife duo Elana and Ian in this candid, chart-show chat about life using their top song picks to guide the way. Elana’s Baby Brunch platform aims to support and uplift fellow moms and dads. Put this together with Ian’s experience in the music plugging, PR and marketing industry, and the result is an honest (and witty!) discussion fo…
 
As a parent, you never know when your child’s life could be at risk from an allergy that you don’t know they have. Dr Tshegofatso Mabelane is the first and only HPCA-certified Family Physician Allergy Sub-Specialist in South Africa, and she reveals everything that we need to know when it comes to allergies – from peanuts to asthma and everything in…
 
Why is guilt and the feeling of not being ‘enough’ so commonly experienced by mothers around the world? We look at both sides of the coin by talking to both clinical psychologist Janine Boulle and self-leadership expert Lori Milner, and using personal stories from fellow moms as examples to better understand the universal phenomenon of mothers’ gui…
 
Often assumed to only be a threat later on in life, cancer can come out of nowhere and turn worlds upside down. Amier Moerat, husband to a super mom, fighter and inspiration to all, talks to us about his wife Sadiyah, her courage and strength before her passing on, and the legacy she has left behind. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Is empathy for everyone? Is it the same as kindness? Mimi Nicklin, author, empathetic business leader and mother, talks us through the world’s dire need for empathy and how simple it is to incorporate into our daily lives - both at home and at work - for inspiring outcomes. This podcast was brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Marriages can break for many reasons – and infidelity is a big one. But is there hope after such a betrayal? Can a couple come back together stronger than before? Or is this an indicator of larger issues at hand? Clinical psychologist Linda Mthenjane unpacks the role that couple therapy plays in instances of cheating and how to keep that spark aliv…
 
To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, Leah Hughes from Gentle Breastfeeding Studio answers all your questions about this wide-ranging topic. We cover everything from how to start to when to stop – and everything in between – in this podcast brought to you by Fedhealth. Baby Brunch WebsiteBy Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp
 
As adults, safety is a priority; but as parents, it is a necessity. South Africa’s hijacking expert Richard Brussow joins us to share his knowledge and advice built up from over 20 years’ of experience. We discuss how to be vigilant and what to look out for, how to prevent and how to react, and how your young ones factor in to your safety measures.…
 
Plastic surgery is a term which often comes with a stigma. Dr Deon Weyers – the plastic surgeon who gives back – chats to us to clear all of our misconceptions about plastic and reconstructive surgery. We cover the psychological factors, the various levels, the process, timeline, and more in this podcast, brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Well-known TV personality Pedro Kruger has brought his decades of experience in the entertainment industry to the realm of edutainment with his ‘Curious Kate’ web series. We chat about how he and his team have gone about creating wholesome content for our children during lockdown. See the plus side of the internet in this podcast brought to you by …
 
C-sections have become far more common than before, no longer only saved for emergencies. So how do you choose the best childbirth option for you and your baby? We discuss all this and more with childbirth educator and board member of the International Childbirth Education Association, Deryse van Aardt. Brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
We all want to protect and shelter our children from the dangers of the internet. But this intricate space can have so many benefits, too – so how do we navigate this? South Africa’s leading expert in social media law Emma Sadleir advises us on how to better equip ourselves and our children in this podcast, brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
How does having a baby amongst the coronavirus differ from the norm? In our previous podcast, we chatted to parents of babies born under the cloud of COVID-19 about their struggles. In this podcast, brought to you by Fedhealth, we get the advice of a medical professional as we discuss some of the best baby practices at a time like this in detail wi…
 
How does having a baby amongst the coronavirus differ from the norm? We chat to parents of babies born under the cloud of COVID-19 about their fears and their fight. TV presenter Graeme Richards is one such parent, and he shares with us his hospital experience with his new-born baby girl. This podcast was brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Clinical psychologist Janine Boulle talks us through the emotional side of the circumstances that Covid-19 has put us in. Life as we know it has changed fundamentally – for some positively and for others negatively. We consider the ways that various personalities and relationships cope under lockdown, and chat about our different needs and the uses…
 
How do you come up with activities to keep your children occupied during the day? Is home-schooling for everyone? Listeners have sent in their questions and we’ve got Liz Senior, occupational therapist and founder of Clamber Club, and Janet Kieswetter, home-schooling mom of 5, to answer them all. This podcast was brought to you by Fedhealth.…
 
Autism. It is a word that carries so much weight, and often, misunderstanding. What exactly is autism spectrum disorder? Is it something that you as a parent have been confronted with? For the first time in this podcast series, we not only interview an extraordinary mom, but also flip the script as this mom interviews her extraordinary son. Baby Br…
 
Medical aid is a complex product that is often tricky to understand. From flu to the coronavirus, and from breast cancer to loyalty programmes, there are so many burning questions that we find ourselves asking. Fund Manager of Fedhealth Medical Scheme Deon Lategan answered all of our questions and more in this podcast, brought to you by Fedhealth –…
 
1 in 6 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old are bed-wetters. Is your child among this statistic? How can we, as parents, support our children as they navigate through such a confusing phase? We chat to self-confessed childhood bed-wetter, Dr Michael Mol, and discover more about nocturnal enuresis and how to handle it.…
 
Despina Senatore, mother of three and founder of inspirational coaching company Purposeful Woman, talks about her company and the motivation behind her book Soar!, an up-to-date handbook for today’s young girls. From mindfulness practices for young girls and career options for teens to how moms can transition into the workspace after maternity leav…
 
Born a healthy and happy baby, the lives of Mom Nicol and her hubby changed when their son was diagnosed with Cutaneous Mastocytosis when he was just 12 weeks old. Mastocytosis is a condition that occurs when mast cells accumulate in the skin and/or internal organs such as the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and small intestines. They share their story…
 
Genevieve Uys froze her eggs at a young age. For the past 8 years she has been running her own egg donation agency called Traveling Donors, www.travelingdonors.com While focusing on giving egg freezing a voice in South Africa, she hopes to educate young women to be proactive about their reproductive futures by informing them of their options.…
 
Alette-Johanni Winckler, 39 weeks pregnant with her 4th baby at the time of this recording, discusses what to pack in your baby’s hospital bag, and some tips on wardrobe for your baby. She provides image consulting and styling, makeovers and inspirational talks to women of all ages through her business. Find her on https://alettewinckler.com…
 
The first day of school is not just hard for our little ones, but emotionally draining for Us as Parents too. But how do we choose the right school for our babies and toddlers? What if we don't get along with the teacher? And what if you simply can’t hand them over into the care of a capable stranger. We chat to Development Centre Expert Jovane de …
 
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