Two Doctors Fight to Save Their Child's Life and Inadvertently Save the Lives of Others

Dr. Kiera Noel’s pregnancy was an exciting time in her family’s life. She and her husband worked throughout their pregnancy and she felt well although it was not completely uneventful. Her young child was diagnosed with a rare type of anemia - Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Listen to how this family, who now lives in Bloemfontein, defeating the odds to live a happy life despite the odds against them. Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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Tumisho Masha on Loss, Life and new Love

Change is hard, but it is often the catalyst that brings about exciting opportunities and new love. Actor Tumisho Masha’s life changed from being a happily married father of a beautiful daughter to divorced, single and financially stretched. He shares his incredible journey of losing a partner, living with his parents and finding love again.

 
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A brain tumor could not hold this single Mom back. Expect a Miracle!

When a devastating event turns your life upside down its often how you embrace the change that defines you. A single mom of two from Matroosfontein on the Cape Flats, Rene Smith's faith was tested when she discovered she had a brain tumor. This is her incredible story from the shocking diagnosis to a long recovery from brain surgery.

Love, Marriage and a Ponytail. I Interview my Husband.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” Love and happiness should be celebrated! Right? Right. I never thought I would do this… But I did. I interview my husband in this Valentine’s edition of Baby Brunch, The Parenting Series. A chat about love, marriage, being together, laughs, promises, secrets, and...exes.

At this street corner was A mom with self-motivation, ambition and...her children

Anelisa "Lisa" Rorani is living proof of how far self-motivation and ambition can take you. She started as a packer and now runs an online business while working a full-time job. Lisa has educated herself through work experience and then completed a degree, all while raising two young boys and running a household. She shares her incredible story of determination and building a life that's good.

How this Mom took a leap of faith after losing a child

British mom, Claudia Bell, had a traumatic introduction to parenthood fourteen years ago. She opens up about the loss of her first baby and how this motivated her skydive for charity and support other moms.

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Erin Drayton's personal experience of having a baby with Down Syndrome

"Our normal is abnormal" - This is the mantra embraced by Erin Drayton and her family. She shares the story of how her second child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after his birth and how she's tackling the impact of the condition with positivity and love.

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Effervescent media personality Lalla Hirayama opens up about her personal journey with PCOS

In South Africa, up to 40% of infertility can be attributed to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. At age 27, media personality Lalla Hirayama was diagnosed with the condition. She turned to her uncle Dr Russell Cooper and together they share Lalla's journey with PCOS and how they've developed solutions to help other women who have been diagnosed PCOS. 

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Parenting in a same-sex marriage, with Janine Hammond

Successful business owner and inspirational mother, Janine Hammond, discusses the nuances of parenting in a same-sex marriage. From dealing with awkward questions to having a home with young daughters, she's proud to share her story of creating a family in a world that's still struggling to accept same-sex parents.  

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How Louisa Gibbons Started a Food Business with Solutions for her Child's Feeding Challenges

When Louisa Gibbons needed solutions for her daughter's feeding challenges, she got creative in the kitchen to provide wholesome nutrition. This awesome mom talks about how her child's sensory processing disorder inspired her family-run baby food business and offers tips on how to make nutrition exciting for children, from weaning through to pre-school years.

Also available on Apple Podcasts.

Fitness Expert, Johno Meintjes, on How Parents Can Achieve Better Health in 12 Weeks

Johno Meintjes is an international sports conditioning specialist and performance trainer who has worked with some of SA's top sports teams and media personalities. He's also a loving dad to two young daughters. Johno shares his expertise on health and wellness, including a simple approach to implementing good nutrition and fitness habits, and gives his perspective on why healthy living is important for parents. 

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Janine Boulle, Clinical Psychologist, on the Mental and Emotional Health of New Moms

Janine Boulle, clinical psychologist and life coach, answers questions from parents to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing. She offers advice on how to manage those tough emotional moments as well as navigate the mental challenges that come with being a new mom.

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Podcast also available on Apple Podcasts.

Benito Vergotine's Personal Experience with Grief and Being a Single Dad of 4 Children

Benito Vergotine is no stranger to topical conversation as the host of a popular radio talk show. But, Benito has had to answer two hard-hitting questions in his own life: How does your family heal when your wife passes away? And, how do you cope as a single dad of 4 children?

Also available on Apple Podcasts. 

Ruda Landman: A Journey of Balancing Career and Family

Ruda Landman is one of SA's most beloved and respected journalists and TV personalities. Her new book, Tell Me Your Story, features conversations with prominent local personalities. In this podcast, Ruda discusses the book, her journalism in the watershed moments of the country's political history and, of course, her journey balancing motherhood and a challenging career. 

Also available on Apple Podcasts. 

Elana Afrika's Baby Brunch | The Parenting Series EP.3

Clinical psychologist Janine Boulle shares the benefits of mindfulness; from her experience as a mother and life coach, as well as how it can improve the lives of busy parents.

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Elana Afrika's Baby Brunch | The Parenting Series EP.2

Free thinker. Single parent. Autism spectrum: Words that give most people serious pause for thought but they're all part of the fascinating journey of motherhood for writer and self-proclaimed geek mom, Karen Jeynes. 

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Elana Afrika's Baby Brunch | The Parenting Series Podcast EP.1

Mom of twins? This podcast is for you! 

In Episode 1 of the Baby Brunch Parenting Series we chat to Lauren Allan, marketing director of Baby Bullet South Africa and vibrant mom of three children. She shares her experience of having twins, the surprise of expecting baby number three and how she balances life as a working mom.

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Introducing Elana Afrika's Baby Brunch Podcast, Next Event and more

Despite the many challenges we are facing in the world, I encourage you to remain positive and, if we support one another, there’s nothing that we cannot overcome.

One of my most precious memories of 2017 was hosting the first ever Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch. The idea around it was to create an opportunity for parents to get together, and be inspired through sharing knowledge about parenting. This opened up a platform for many a conversation and we enjoyed some fun and pampering as well. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”.

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I am overjoyed to share some of the feedback on our inaugural event and some of these comments included:

“It was planned perfectly! I’m definitely attending the next one. And bringing new and old moms along!”

“I wish it could have lasted all day long so that none of the speakers felt rushed towards the end.”

“The event was stunning! If will be great if there are more stalls at the next one.”

“This was a morning that made me feel very special!”

“What a fantastic and much-needed idea! Well done.”

“All the speakers were outstanding and it was really hard to pick a favourite. I especially enjoyed the ‘real parents’’; they were the best.”

Some constructive criticism we received was that moms wanted some more time to interact with each other and, hopefully, spark some new friendships. So naturally, we are working on it!

That being said, planning is in full swing for another Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch in October this year. Details will be released soon and it’s guaranteed to be another fantastic opportunity to learn, laugh, have fun and celebrate motherhood. 

Beyond hosting an event, we want to build a community of support. We want to create a safe space for all of us to learn and share our experiences. So, we are delighted to announce that we are creating a support network all year long! 

First, we are launching our podcast. With access to so many parents, brands and information, we would like to share these with you. This series of podcasts are relaxed and insightful conversations with ordinary parents doing extraordinary things. They can serve as source of support, inspiration and great advice for moms and moms-to-be as we delve into the unique experiences of diverse parents. 

Our newsletter will also reach you on a monthly basis and it will be available at babybrunch.co.za, where you will also find loads of additional information, helpful tools and amazing giveaways! And, you can be part of our online community and contribute to conversations about parenting by following @BabyBrunchSA on Twitter and Instagram and liking our Facebook page, Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch

I want to extend a massive thank you to each and every one of you who attended our first event. We also had the best sponsors on board - without them it would not have been possible to host Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch. A special thank you to Baby Bullet who is also supporting us this year.  We will be sharing details on the Baby Bullet brings you Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch soon! “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” —George Bernard Shaw

Love always,

Elana

xoxo

Elana Afrika's Baby Brunch Sells Out; Sets Sights on Joburg

This weekend saw hundreds of new parents from across the Cape came together for the inaugural Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch. The day was filled with camaraderie, plenty of laughter and lots of tears. 

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 “The feedback from the moms and dads has been incredible and Im delighted to confirm we will bring the event o Johannesburg in 2018! Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch is about how to look after yourself and managing your life. I remember what is was like when my babies just arrived. Some days are amazing and some days are hard.  We are talking uniting, sharing and holding hands. Baby Brunch is about that balance” says Elana.

The inaugural event, presented by Baby Bullet by NutriBullet, saw TV personality and mom of two, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, present a morning of inspiration that included the sharing of knowledge, conversations about parenting as well as fun and pampering! Her guest speakers included renowned sexologist Dr Eve, the authors of new Weaning Sense Meg Faure and Kath Megaw, a food preparation demonstration by celebrity chef Zola Nene, a conversation on holistic living with Dr Leila Sadien and a single-parent conversation with radio personality Benito Vergotine. 

Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch was presented by Baby Bullet by NutriBullet in association with Kids Emporium, The Gro Company, Miglio Designer Jewellery and Kabrita. House of Thembiso was the charity beneficiary.