LISTEN: Mommy Has To Go Back To Work

In this podcast we discuss how to get back to work after having a baby. Do you know your rights? How do you ask for leave? Much thanks to Madeleine, Managing Director of HR Company Solutions.

Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

LISTEN: Mental Health. You Are Not Alone.

In this podcast we talk about the stigma that still surrounds Mental Health issues with Dr Leandri Hattingh, Advanced Specialist Strategic Planning: MHRS, and a young Mom who suffered a traumatic and life-altering experience that forced her to get help and claim back her mental wellbeing. A special thanks to Fedhealth Medical Aid.

Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

LISTEN: Parent + #BabyBrunch The Show Gauteng: Part One

Listen to the LIVE show from Parent + Baby Brunch Gauteng, supported by Fedhealth, here. Liz Senior, founder and creator of Clamber Club, was one of our speakers on the day. She talks about sensory motor programmes for children and how to stimulate different senses of your baby.

Tickets to our Cape Town event on sale now at WebTickets - click here to purchase tickets.

LISTEN: Fun For Kids, and it’s Cheap! A Guide to Interesting & Cheap Ways to Play

We find interesting ways to keep our young ones busy and interview a mommy who made finding activities to do with her toddler her job by creating www.AGAAAIN.com Agaaain is a go-to guide for modern parents of child-friendly places to go to that’s fun for adults too.

Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

LISTEN: Rising Above Addiction in Her Household

This mom wanted to protect her children. A drug-addicted father in the household made that difficult to do. Listen to this mom's change moment. This is a story of how a mother stopped a vicious cycle and decided to live life to the fullest.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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LISTEN: Childcare Expert and Author Meg Faure Chats With Us

Hundreds of thousands of new moms credit Meg Faure with helping them navigate the early years of motherhood. As an occupational therapist, author and the brain behind popular baby care products, Meg's passion is helping moms and she tells the story of her own journey in motherhood plus she answers some frequently asked questions.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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LISTEN: “I only dressed him once” - A Mom’s Journey Gives Hope to Parents

Nanki lost her baby boy at 39 weeks. Through her own loss, she felt inspired to reach out and help other parents who have, and are, suffering after losing a child. Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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Read more about Nanki’s story below:

Nanki Robbertse is a mother who started The Hope Box Initiative and pulled together a group of women with a passion to encourage, love, support and give hope to women who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

In August 2015, Nanki learnt that she was expecting. Being pregnant has been one of the greatest blessings in her life and she was delighted. Discovering they were expecting a boy just confirmed God’s promise and Nanki was lead to name him Kaleb, which means faithful, devoted to God, whole-hearted and bold.

“With my first son, Joshua, I was afraid of natural birth. The possibility of a lack of oxygen causing brain damage was a risk I was not prepared to take. Being an Occupational Therapist I had a fear that my child will suffer and struggle with some kind of difficulty or challenge and I wanted to do everything I could to prevent that. God always wants to change us for the better. Sometimes we are aware and open for it and sometimes not. This time I was open. I wanted God to change me, to empower me. So, I started to sense that God wanted me to have a natural birth with my second son, Kaleb.

The more I ventured into the natural birth journey, the more I was hooked and convinced that this is what God had in mind for me and Kaleb. It was a spiritual journey, a period of growth.

On the Tuesday evening, 5th of April 2016, when I was 39 weeks pregnant, I realized that I hadn’t felt Kaleb move the entire day. It was as if my mind was rewinding all that had happened and everything I felt on that day and it reported back to my conscious mind that no movement was detected. I tried to apply pressure to my uterus, like I often do to wake him up, but this time it felt different. My lower abdomen felt soft, lifeless, motionless, dead. I knew there were something seriously wrong. We went to the hospital but I knew it was too late. The uneasiness of the two wonderful midwifes trying to pick up his heartbeat was making me feel almost sorry for them. I wanted to reassure them that I already knew, but I was in robot mode and I just passively watched as life or rather death unfolded.

The next day, my robot armor was destroyed the moment our midwife handed me my baby, a little later in my hospital room. I felt raw grief, pain, sorrow and it felt as if my body was being ripped apart. He was more beautiful than what I ever could imagine and holding him was the best and the worst feeling all at the same time. He was perfect but lifeless.

On a specific very dark day, early in my grief journey, I remembered begging God for a reason to keep on living here on earth, to give me a purpose. I wanted to be with Kaleb and did not have the energy or the ability to fight anymore. I was connected to an American-based Facebook group who support mothers who have suffered a loss. Part of what they offer is giving mothers hope boxes as a tangible gift to encourage and support and point them to Jesus. I sensed God telling me to start giving hope boxes to mothers who have lost here in South Africa.”

Hope Mommies, a non-profit Christian organization based in America, was a great support to her during her grieving process and she chose to pay it forward by providing support for grieving parents in South Africa.

“On that day when I said yes to God, my grief journey changed. It changed from focusing on myself trying to escape from the never-ending black hole to focusing on others who hurt too. To make other people’s journeys a bit lighter. And without me realizing it, reaching out to others, was my step out of the black hole.”

It is Nanki’s vision to help each grieving parent find resources and a community who understands and encourages them with hope. It is also her goal to be a voice for all parents who have had to endure a loss and to educate society on how to support these women.

Parenting Series by Elana Afrika The Most-Listened-To Local Podcast in SA

This past week The Baby Brunch Parenting Series podcast, presented and produced by Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, was the most-listened-to podcast produced in South Africa. It peaked at #3 on the Apple Podcast chart, trumped only by Ted Talks Daily (#1) and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition (#2). At position #3 Afrika ranked higher than Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations (#4) and the Joe Rogan Experience (#5) and is the only locally produced series on the Top 5.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series at #3 on the Apple Podcast app.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series at #3 on the Apple Podcast app.

“The success of the podcast and the number of ears it’s reaching is one thing” says Afrika-Bredenkamp “but to receive feedback in our inboxes from moms, parents, and families from outside South Africa including New York and Israel is such a blessing and encouragement. It means we’re making a difference in people’s lives with a broad audience and network of encouragement, supporting moms in SA and around the world. The success of the podcast is further an indication that the team’s work has not been in vain and that what we’ve been doing is reaping results”.

The Baby Brunch Parenting Series is on-going series of conversations with ordinary mothers doing extraordinary things and is published fortnightly. More details on www.babybrunch.co.za. The podcast series has of late also been added to Jacaranda fm’s JacPod portal and is also available on www.changeexchange.co.za

Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp is a seasoned TV and radio presenter as well as film actress. She lives between Johannesburg and Cape Town, currently presenting the 9am - 12 weekday show on Jacaranda fm as well as playing the role of Getrude in kykNET’s legal drama Fynskrif. Formerly she’s presented radio on 5FM and KFM, TV for SABC3’s Expresso show, Mnet and Supersport, and starred in films including Hollywood In My Huis.

Occupational Therapist Liz Senior’s Passion for Children Shines Bright

Liz has been encouraging and giving parents the necessary tools and skills to help the development of their children with great results! She owns the dynamic Clamber Club franchise but her love her children and their development runs far beyond the business.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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How this mom’s life changed when her newborn went under the knife

For over 20 years, Gerda Da Sousa has informed the South African public as a journalist and radio news reader. In 2005, Gerda faced the toughest news of her life as her newborn son required emergency surgery. She discusses her experience, lessons learnt and how the process has shaped her journey as a woman and a mother. Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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Renewed Hope for Young Family with Unwell Baby

Reliving the first few months with their newborn baby is heart-breaking for the van Biljon family. Their bundle of joy had developed flaky and irritated skin all over her scalp which spread over her entire body, causing much suffering. The new parents thought their child had severe eczema, however, it was a lot more than that. Listen to how this young family got renewed hope and ended their baby’s suffering. Visit this inspiring mom’s website: www.paigespages.co.za.

Baby Brunch The Parenting Series, made just for you, by BrightRock.

 
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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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