Joburg Experts Lounge

Joburg |18-21May 2017 | Ticket Pro Dome

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the talks at the Huggies Experts Lounge at the MamaMagic Joburg May expo! We hope you gained a lot of valuable information in the process. If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you – drop us an email at



Lynne Bluff is a registered nurse, midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator. She will be available at the Huggies Experts Lounge, daily, to offer free one-on-one consultations*.

*subject to availability


Alison Horn is a mom, and a registered nurse and midwife. She has managed the Medfem Infertility Unit, has worked on various woman’s health care campaigns including with Woman’s Health and Eli Lilly, and runs the Mulbarton Clinic Maternity Unit and is the Stork’s Nest Coordinator. Alison believes that birth is one of the greatest and rewarding challenges life has to offer. Each woman is unique and capable of giving birth in her own special way. There is no right or wrong way because at any given time, each of you is doing the very best you can. Learning comes with each experience and there is no place for guilt, blame or judgement.

Amanda Klette entered nursing in 1984 and ten years later, as she graduated top of her class in Trauma and Emergency Nursing, realised that she had “found her passion within her profession”. She has since then managed several emergency departments, and currently the Trauma Programme Manager at Netcare. She is a certified H-MIMMS instructor, co-author of several injury prevention booklets and regular guest speaker as an expert in trauma programme management, injury prevention and performance improvement. Amanda and her husband Alan are proud parents of daughters Aileen and Jean.

Cozette Laubser has been involved with BabyGym Institute International since 2007. She writes, presents and trains on behalf of BabyGym Institute International and loves sharing the wonder of a baby’s first 1000 days. She has a passion for life and believes every person deserves the best life they can possibly live- physically, emotionally and cognitively; BabyGym- a scientific, yet fun and user-friendly programme makes this dream of hers a reality. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Corporate Communications degree, in 2013 she qualified as a BabyGym Instructor and in 2015 she qualified as an Advanced BabyGym Instructor.

Hettie Grove is an Advanced Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, co-developer of the South African Certified Lactation course for professionals, (the only university accredited certification programme for Lactation Consultants), an Honorary Lecturer at Wits and a South African Perinatal Educator in private practise for 19 years. She is also a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Her passion in life is to turn the tide and help mothers to breastfeed and reach their own breastfeeding goals one at a time. She is also proud to say she is on the International Advisory Committee for GOLD midwifery and a committee member of the Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum, and author of a book ‘Born to Breastfeed – Born to be Breastfed’ which was published by Baby Talk in 2016. She is currently running CPD workshops for various medical disciplines in breastfeeding.

Joanne Bradley is a qualified Advanced BabyGym Instructor and is passionate about babies and the the role a parent and caregiver plays in helping them develop well. She is mother to 3 daughters, and has seen the benefit of massage and sensory stimulation in their lives. Joanne runs infant massage classes and BabyGym classes and specialises in premature babies and those who may have had a difficult start in life. Joanne qualified as an Infant Massage Instructor in 2004, a BabyGym Instructor in 2006, a Massage in Schools Instructor in London in 2006, and as an Advanced BabyGym Instructor in 2010. Joanne runs classes and works with a team of paediatric specialists at the Children’s Therapy Centre in Bryanston.

Jolandi Becker is a Certified Good Night Consultant and mother of two.  Since Jolandi has been with Good Night she has worked to help over 150 babies, toddlers and parents get a good night’s sleep, she was also named consultant of the year for 2015.  She is passionate about helping mother’s set the foundation for great sleep and regularly talks at mom’s groups and antenatal classes all over Pretoria.  When she is not helping other families she is spending time with her own.

Kelly Vorwerg is a Good Night Sleep Consultant, mother of a toddler and has one baby on the way. She says, “I was previously in the corporate world and not coping with the lack of sleep from my first baby. I then heard about Good Night and personally went through the sleep training process with my daughter and Good Night, so I know first-hand how it works and how it helps. I then did a 180 degree turn and studied all things sleep and left the corporate world to consult on sleep for Good Night and am very passionate about what I do. Helping a family teach a baby to sleep and experiencing the benefit is very close to my heart and I support the families I work with throughout the sleep program”.

Kerry McArthur is a busy mom of 3, aged 5, 10  and 115, along with being principal and owner of INN-Tuition Academy she is kept on her toes constantly. Starting her career in teaching in and training in 1997 she has been involved pre-primary, primary school teaching and adult education. Kerry has a strong personal faith and holds true to family values.

Linda Drummond RD (SA) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical, Molecular and Cellular Sciences and a Bachelor of Science Medical (Honours) degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Linda is currently an Associate at the Nutritional Solutions practice in Bryanston and has a special interest in optimising the nutrition and health of infants and young children with and without allergies and allergy prevention in children. When Linda is not providing individualised nutrition & dietetic support parents and caregivers on a one-on-one basis, she hosts hands-on cooking classes that provide them with the skills to translate this nutritional expertise onto their infants and young children’s plates. Linda also is the Nutrition Consultant to the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa Food Safety Initiative which focuses on compliance to food & nutrition-related regulations and industry-wide public health initiatives.

Lynne Bluff holds a BSc Nursing degree, and is a registered nurse, midwife, internationally certified childbirth educator, as well as Editor of the ‘Expectant Mothers Guide’ and ‘Professional Forum’ magazine. She is passionate about educating pregnant and new moms and dads about pregnancy, birth and parenting so as they can have the best possible experiences. She is also committed to finding and teaching on the best, latest, evidence-based practices one of which is skin to skin for mom and baby at birth and the benefits there from. She attends the latest international professional conferences as one way to stay updated in her field of expertise.

Mia Von Scha is a Transformational Life Coach and Parenting Coach, an inspirational speaker, an author of inspirational children’s books, a mother of two beautiful girls, and a lover of life. She has been featured in numerous television, radio and magazine interviews for her alternative approach to parenting and life. Mia is trained both in traditional therapy, with a BA in Psychology and a certification in Trauma Counselling, and in various alternative therapies including Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Stress Biofeedback, and The Demartini Method. She uses a combination of methods in her practice to effect instant and lasting change in her clients – the kind of change that completely transforms your life and your family.

Megan Heuer is a certified Good Night consultant, is passionate about working with babies and children and has a degree in BSocSci Psychology at TUKS as well as a post graduate Honours BA Psychology at UNISA. She has completed many short courses in Play Therapy as well as a National Certificate for Early Childhood Development. Megan has been with Good Night for 2.5years and worked to help over 300 babies, toddlers and parents get a good night’s sleep. She was Consultant of the year for Good Night in 2014 and continues to help families achieve their sleeping goals as well as giving talks at mom’s groups and Post-natal classes.

Nadia Scrooby is a mother of two girls; Jessica (2 years) and Kayleigh (almost 5 months in May).  She has a BA Drama degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and has been working with kids for 9 years, but her biggest dream came true when I became a mom.  Being a mom lead her to join BabyGym classes, which lead to her becoming a BabyGym Instructor. She has a great interest in Early Childhood Development and Brain Development.  Nadia now runs a BabyGym practice in Springs and Heidelberg, Gauteng. She is a speaker, a teacher, a BabyGym instructor and, above all, a mom.

Talk Topics

Back to work breastfeeding – by Hettie Grove. This talk will help moms explore their options to continue breastfeeding when going back to work, as well as provide advice on how to ensure you maintain a good milk production. Practical tips on how to express and store breastmilk will also be shared.  

First foods done fabulously (0 – 3 years) – by Linda Drummond. The presentation outlines the importance of good nutrition from birth to three years to support rapid growth and development during this period, as well as to result in competent eaters in the long term. By brief introduction, it translates the latest scientific recommendations about introducing solids for the first time into practical tips that parents or caregivers can implement – the ‘when’, the ‘why’, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. This leads on to outlining what optimal nutrition and feeding behaviour means for the toddler age group. The presentation acknowledges that whilst many parents have the best intentions, toddlers can pose a number of challenges when it comes to feeding, which can range from parent’s time constraints to toddler’s fussy eating behaviour. These challenges are outlined and parents are provided with practical tips and tools to help them overcome these as far as possible. The role of the parent or caregiver and the role of the toddler when it comes to feeding is also described to explain that the responsibility needs to be shared.

Fundamentals of sleep – by Jolandi Becker, Kelly Vorweg & Megan Heuer. Every function in the body is affected by sleep.  And for a child, the risks of sleep deprivation are much more serious than simply waking up in a grumpy mood.  Research shows that children with sleep disturbances have more medical problems — such as allergies, ear infections, and hearing problems. These talks will cover the basic building blocks of good sleep – environment, sleep associations, routine and schedule – while giving parents information about how babies and toddlers should fall asleep while giving helpful hints on what to avoid.

How does developing baby’s body, develop baby’s brain? – by Cozette Laubser. Every instant in a baby’s life involves movement. Cells that are dividing after conception, the heartbeat, the withdrawal and moro reflexes, sucking a thumb, the first kick in utero, breathing, suckling and rolling, are all movement activities that indicate that the brain and the body are developing. Every movement of the young infant creates new wiring in the brain. The brain’s wiring is structured through repeating the same movements and is pruned when movements are not repeated and the wiring is dissolved. Every healthy child is born with the necessary material needed for the natural ability to cope with school-related tasks, but these abilities only become effective when children move and act, explore and control, see and describe, hear and attend, as well as feel and respond. There is a direct link between baby milestones and the child’s ability to learn. Dr Melodie de Jager, the Founder of BabyGym, says “every motor milestones reached, is an indicator of a brain development milestone reached”.

How many senses do I have? – by Nadia Scrooby. Did you know that you have more than 5 senses?  The senses develop in utero and after birth, all the senses need to be stimulated.  Learn how to wake up ALL the senses.  The natural order of development indicates the order of sensory stimulation.  Stimulating all the senses leads to building a better brain.

How to Manage your Milk Supply – by Hettie Grove. Learn all about breastfeeding in this fascinating talk, which will teach you about factors that influence milk production, and how you can manage your own milk supply.

Love languages – by Kerry McArthur. Every person speaks and feels in different Love Languages e.g. service, words, touch etc. and as parents we need to identify what our child’s Love Language is and speak to them in this, it is important to incorporate this knowledge not only into how we love our children but also into discipline.

Movement: why is it so important to help wire baby’s brain – by Joanne Bradley. This talk unpacks the ways that a baby’s movement helps with brain development, and explains how you can encourage and aid your baby in this natural process. It also explains the importance of baby milestones, and touches on the causes of hyperactivity.

Pregnancy care – by Alison Horn. This talk will educate pregnant women on pregnancy health care, with a philosophy of “ease of mind = healthy mom = healthy baby”. From this an understanding will be given of minor ailments, and how they can be managed, as well as flagging more serious complications, and what to do if they arise.

Present Moment Parenting – by Mia von Scha. We are living in the information age and are constantly bombarded with parenting information and advice. Find out why you should throw all your parenting manuals away; how to connect with your own inner intelligence, with that innate knowing that you have as a parent; and how to live and parent authentically. Present Moment Parenting is a way of being, and is essential if we are to raise children who are not limited by our own conditioning. Learn how to bring mindfulness into your life so that you can live and parent with confidence and without stress!

Skin to Skin for moms & babies at birth & beyond – by Lynne Bluff. What is skin to skin, and what physiologic effects does it have on both the mom and baby? Did you know skin to skin regulates a baby’s temperature, breathing, and heart rate? Do you know what a microbiome is, and how it is formed, and the effects of skin to skin of this formation? Do you know that there are nine instinctive stages a newborn goes through at birth, and when and how to implement breastfeeding around these stages? Have you heard about the effects of the love hormone on the baby and breastfeeding? Have you thought about how to practically implement skin to skin?

Trauma Injury Prevention: Changing Lives – by Amanda Klette. This talk will provide you with practical advice around:

  1. Safety in and around water
  2. Road safety
  3. Safety around animals
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