Fertility Show Africa will feature an exhibition showcasing a wide range of cutting-edge fertility products, services and solutions; over 50 expert talks and support sessions presented by the leading minds in fertility; a medical specialists’ networking lounge and a visitor relaxation café.
Fertility Show Africa is an invaluable opportunity for you to get the best and most accurate advice, support and information to give you the confidence to make an informed choice on topics such as:
- Alternative therapies
- Egg and sperm donation
- Eating and lifestyle for fertility
- Freezing eggs
- LGBT Community
- Legal matters
- Ethical aspects of surrogacy
- Optimising egg and sperm health
- Treatment options
- Vitamins and supplements
Whether it be natural, medically assisted, through surrogacy or by adoption, Fertility Show Africa will provide you with the advice and support needed to start or expand your family.
EXPERT TALKS PROGRAMME
PROGRAMME - Friday, 6 March
- IFAASA 10:00
Welcome and Expert Talks Intro
- Christos Bouloutis 12:00
Feng Shui - Fertility the natural way
- Dr Anneen Venter 12:30
The ins and outs of IVF
- Dr Zozo Nene 13:00
Transgender Care: Reproductive options
- Beatrice, Nicola Rabkin & Rona Mirimi 14:00
Healthy lifestyle, diet and targeted supplements to optimise fertility. Sponsored by 3Sixty Biomedicine.
- Adele van der Walt 14:30
Legal Issues around Donor Cycles
- Dr Danie Botha 15:00
The benefit of an early infertility diagnosis
- Dr Yossi Unterslak 15:30
Recurring Pregnancy Loss - the Superfertile Uterus. Sponsored by AnaStellar.
- Samala Kriedemann 16:00
Baby Loss Support
- Mandy Rodrigues 16:30
Dealing with Pregnancy/Infant Loss
- Dr Marienus Trouw 17:00
Myths and facts about PCOS
PROGRAMME - Saturday, 7 March
- IFAASA 09:30
Welcome and Expert Talks Intro
- Natasha Fagri 09:45
Why I chose to freeze my eggs & Medical Aids in South Africa
- Molatelo Mainetje-Bossman 10:10
Infertility in the African Culture
- Prof Patrick Bouic 10:30
Immunology: your best chance of success?
- Dr Yusuf Dasoo 11:00
Female infertility: Endometriosis
- Dr Goolam Mohamed 11:30
Female infertility: PCOS. Sponsored by iNova Pharmaceuticals.
- Dr Antonio Rodrigues 12:00
Natural cycles and mild IVF
- Mandy Rodrigues 12:30
Support Zone Reminder
- Dr Thato Maoto 12:45
- Greg Tinney-Crook 13:45
Embryo and Sperm Selection
- Dr Olufemi Olarogun 14:15
Egg Freezing & Oncofertility
- Nicola Smuts-Allsop 14:45
- Tertia Albertyn 15:05
Egg Donor Cycles - the process and role of an Agency
- Robynne Friedman 15:25
Surrogacy: The legalities involved
- Zoe Cohen 15:45
Adoption in South Africa
- Dr Christa North 16:15
Fertility and your DNA
- Panel of Specialists 16:30
Q & A Session
- Saskia Williams 16:45
Note of thanks and closing of the Expert Talks
Expert Talks SPEAKERS
Tertia Albertyn is co-founder of Nurture Egg Donation Program. An accomplished speaker and published author, as well as an ex-infertility patient herself, Tertia is known across South Africa and internationally for the work she does in infertility. Tertia has a MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and three children.
Nicola Smuts-Allsop is a consulting astrologer living in the United Kingdom. Originally from South Africa, she completed her first studies at the Rod Suskin School of Astrology in Cape Town, and completed a Diploma in Medieval Astrology with Astro Logos (Bernadette Brady) in the UK.
Dr Kalantsho Maoto is a registered obstetrician and gynaecologist with a keen interest in reproductive medicine. He successfully completed his fellowship examination in obstetrics and gynaecology (FCOG) with the College of Medicine of South Africa. He also holds a Masters in Medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology) with the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for teaching. He is a master trainer in the Essential Steps in Managing Obstetric Emergencies (ESMOE). Dr Maoto was involved in trying to decrease maternal mortality in Limpopo. He is a member of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Professional Social Worker, Zoë Cohen, has a BA Honours in Social Work and specialises in providing adoption and related services both locally and internationally. Zoe has been involved in the field of adoption for over 20 years.
Zoe is a specialist in adoption, infertility, grief, statutory and family preservation, surrogacy, forensic and other legal issues. Zoe has worked in private practice and in a number of social development and child protection organisations.
Greg Tinney-Crook is the Laboratory Director at Aevitas Fertility Clinic, Cape Town. Aevitas – a top IVF clinic in South Africa, is acknowledged as a continent leader in the field of fertility. Greg considers himself very lucky to head up a vibrant, enthusiastic team of excellent embryologists. As Aevitas serves as training unit for Stellenbosch University, Greg is also closely involved in training student embryologists in the science and skills of the fertility laboratory. Furthermore, Greg heads up a satellite clinic in Windhoek (Namibia) acting as pioneer in the field of fertility treatment in this region. Greg has worked at Aevitas for 20 years, is an expert in his field and accomplished in all the fine techniques involved in fertility treatment.
Dr Yusuf Dasoo graduated with his MBBCh in 1988 from the University of Witwatersrand. He then commenced his internship at Baragwanath Hospital where he began laying a solid foundation in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G). Due to his special interest in infertility, he then went on to achieve his Master of Science (MSc) in Reproductive Physiology from Stellenbosch University in 2005. Dr Dasoo forms part of a very small number of doctors in South Africa that have specialised in fertility and HIV/Aids research. As a respected fertility specialist, Dr Dasoo, together with Dr Cassim, currently heads up BioART Fertility Centre, a hi-tech, world-class fertility centre in Saxonwold.
Dr Botha is the Clinical Director at FEMBRYO and is a Gynaecologist and registered sub Specialist in Reproductive Medicine. He practiced as a General Practitioner in Okahandja , Namibia before completing his post graduate studies at the University of Pretoria , obtaining his MMed (cum laude) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. He is an Honorary consultant at Stellenbosch University, currently the vice-president of the SASREG (Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy) Board and past president. His field of interest includes endometriosis and its impact on fertility, recurrent pregnancy loss and endoscopic gynaecological surgery.
Robynne is a mother through surrogacy. She conducts her own law firm specialising solely in surrogacy and fertility law matters.
As a Qualified Social Worker and mother of four children, Samala understands the need for good support.
Birth is a life defining experience that sticks with you. As a certified birth & bereavement doula and Hypnobirthing Practitioner I want to do all I can to help woman achieve the birth they really want, no matter the setting.
BSc Dietetics (Cum Laude) (NWU), Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (UP), BSc Hon (Cum Laude) (NWU), MSc Nutrition (Cum Laude) (NWU), PhD (Nutrition) (NWU)
Christa started her career off in London, UK, where she worked as a Clinical Dietitian and took care of the radiotherapy patients in the Oldchurch Hospital. Upon her return to South Africa, Christa spent seven years at Pfizer Laboratories, where she held several different positions through successive promotions and received many awards, among others for “Customer Service” as well as “Innovation”. Christa moved on to open a private practice as a dietitian and ran that for 15 years, until the opportunity to join GENEWAY™ and Supreme Fertility™ came along. Christa has been with GENEWAY™ and Supreme Fertility™ since “Day 1” and is instrumental in its success and phenomenal growth as Operational Manager.
Christa has been married for 23 years, is a mom of two beautiful children, has a skipper’s license (hardly used in Johannesburg though), loves painting pottery and finds everything about genetics fascinating! As an amateur environmentalist, Christa is an obsessive ‘recycler’ and supports www.stoprhinopoaching.com.
Fertility Specialist Dr Goolam H Mohamed is the Centre’s Chairman. He earned his medical degree at King George’s Medical School in Lucknow, India in 1975 after which he obtained a Master’s degree in obstetrics and gynaecology from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA). He has completed various courses around the world in infertility and assisted reproduction. Dr. Mohamed founded the Sandton Fertility Centre when he saw the need among people both within and beyond South Africa’s borders having difficulty conceiving. He has educated himself in the latest technology, including that which is used to treat male infertility and HIV discordant couples, and has made it his mission to use this technology to help infertile couples achieve their goal of starting a family.
Renowned clinical psychologist, Mandy Rodrigues, has worked in the field of infertility for the past 24 years. This has included working with individuals, couples and groups, helping them cope with the fertility journey and to make decisions. A large part of her practice involves stress management and the need for a multidisciplinary approach in infertility and Mandy has presented and published various books and articles on the subject. The Support Zone will also be hosted by Mandy.
Dr Rodrigues is a founding member and director of Medfem Fertility Clinic. Tony is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, South Africa, graduating in 1979. Tony is also a Fellow of College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists and completed his FCOG in 1989 at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2000, Tony was awarded his MBA through Henley Management College London and completed his dissertation on ‘The Health Maintenance of Knowledge Based Workers – Who is Responsible’.
In addition to his fertility background Tony is an expert in lifestyle and its effect on fertility of females and males. Research performed by Tony became a catalyst for the book ‘Faster, Better, Sicker – Time Urgency Perfectionism Stress and Your Health’. He has been responsible for integrating this course, creating the logical sequencing, developing a research based nutrient package to optimise the course’s success and correlating the clinical symptoms and diseases. Over the past 14 years, Tony has taken a special interest in the diagnosis and management of Time Urgency Stress in infertile women with special reference to endometriosis, and in this time has assessed over 4000 patients. As a result of the research and medical findings, Tony has co-launched an online Time Urgency Stress Management Course with internet based assessment and feedback – www.timeurgency.com, as well as a TUPS stress management mobile app.
Beatrice (BSc Nutritional Medicine, Dip. Pharm, FAE) is a functional nutritionist, fertility awareness educator and reproductive health coach with a passion to serve the health of future generations, starting with your eggs and sperm, today.
Nicola (BSocSci EGS, MCRP) is a social and environmental activist, cycle awareness coach and women’s circle facilitator. Her personal experience with miscarriage began her path to building optimal fertile health for herself and her community.
Rona Mirimi (BA in Communications; MA in Organization); Fertility Awareness Educator, Reproductive Health Coach, Reusable Eco Menstrual Solutions Advocate. Rona started her journey with 4 miscarriages, hormonal birth control was very risky for her. This sparked her interest in fertility awareness, to guide women to make natural contraceptive choices.
M.B.,Ch.B. (Pret.), F.C.O.G.(S.A.), M.Med.(O & G)
Dr Unterslak completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and went on to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has a passion for reproductive medicine and endocrinology with a special interest in ovarian stimulation. Dr Unterslak recently completed his Master of Medicine during which he extensively looked at the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). He has a special interest in the prevention of recurrent pregnancy loss.
Dr Zozo Nene is a Reproductive Medicine Specialist and an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. Dr Nene is Head of the Reproductive & Endocrine unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria. She has qualifications from the College of Medicine of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FCOG and Cert in Reprod Medicine) and a MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Pretoria (UP). Dr Nene presently chairs the reproductive medicine subspecialist committee at the College of Medicine of South Africa and is a South African representative of WHO-FIGO collaboration on contraception and has given presentations for the WHO in that capacity. She participated in the WHO and Partners Stakeholders’ Technical Consultation meeting on Hormonal contraception and HIV. Dr Nene is part of the National Department of Health’s technical expert advisory team on contraception and infertility and is lead author of the SA National guidelines of Safe conception and Infertility. Dr Nene has given presentations at congresses both locally and internationally.
Natasha Fagri is a business owner and entrepreneur. For the last 5 years, Natasha has been on her own journey with infertility. From having to undergo multiple endometriosis operations, trying to fall pregnant and now going through the egg harvesting process whilst still trying to fall pregnant, Natasha has first hand experience on how painful & frustrating the process can be. She is passionate about doing things differently and bringing about change, and has since late last year been focusing on trying to get South Africa’s open scheme medical aids to change their blanket exclusion stance on treatments associated with infertility. Going through this process and seeing close friends experience the same thing, she recognises the significant emotional and financial strain that not having the support of a medical aid can cause.
Specialist: Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. Dr Olarogun is well-known in Cape Town for his years of work and commitment to reproductive medicine in both the private and public health sectors. He retains a keen interest in endoscopic surgery as well as academic medicine. After studying medicine in Nigeria, Dr Olarogun qualified as an obstetrician / gynaecologist at the University of Cape Town in 2000. He continued his sub-specialisation at the university, working at Groote Schuur Hospital until 2007, when he left to enter full-time private practice. His work has also taken him further afield, to New Zealand and Namibia. In South Africa, he ran his own private IVF unit at the UCT Private Hospital. He continues to head one of the gynaecologists’ firms at Groote Schuur Hospital, which he has done since 2010.
After graduating from the University of Pretoria in 1991 where he studied BSC animal science, Chris Bouloutis dedicated his life to the study of Feng Shui.
Personally he has been involved in Feng Shui since 1991 and professionally he’s been practicing it since 1992. Being a student of all 5 distinguished masters globally, he stood by grand master Yap Cheng Hai, earning a unique experience and high quality knowledge of Feng Shui. He was awarded as the most diligent student, and he is now among the 11 specially Accredited Instructors of the Yap Cheng Hai Academy worldwide (sole Accredited Instructor for South Africa and Greece). He is an internationally renowned speaker in his field of expertise and has been sought after by companies like Twin Saver, Sasol and Investec.
Dr Trouw studied Medicine at the University of Pretoria and qualified as a gynaecologist in 1994. Dr Trouw completed infertility and endoscopic training in Leuven, Belgium as well as in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is associated with the university of Pretoria’s reproductive unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, and is actively involved in training reproductive medicine specialists. His passion for reproductive medicine ignited early on in his training. Dr Trouw has never stopped learning about and becomes truly excited about new developments and research in the fertility field.
Dr Anneen Venter is a registered reproductive subspecialist practicing at the Pretoria Fertility Centre. She studied MBChB at the University of Pretoria, obtaining her degree with distinction in 2008. In 2016 she completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MMed with distinction. She was awarded the GP Charlewood and Daubenton medals by the College of Medicine for the highest achievement in both parts I and II of the examination. In 2018 she qualified as a subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, with a dissertation on testicular sperm aspiration. She has a passion for infertility, endocrinology and endoscopy. She also practices obstetrics and finds great joy in walking the road of infertility to parenthood with her patients.
SUPPORT ZONE PROGRAMME
PROGRAMME - Friday, 6 March
- Mandy Rodrigues 10:30
Dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of infertility. Sponsored by AnaStellar. This workshop is for fertility coordinators, nurses, laboratory staff, counsellors and doctors (not the public).
- Mandy Rodrigues 11:00
The acceptance of infertility and cycles of emotion
Game: grief cycle and triggers and where they fit
- Tanya Rubin 11:45
Worksheet on finding meaning in infertility
- Kelly Owen 12:00
Infertility and the marriage
Conflict and trust game
Balloons and Bubbles as relaxation
- Dr Gaveeta Chiba 12:45
Pregnant Pause: Dealing with uncertainty on the fertility journey
- Sue-Ann Bright 13:00
Alternative parenting specifically donor sperm and single moms
- Sarisha Harilal 13:30
The Gift of Life – Coping, creating and manifesting on your fertility journey
- Lucia Oreb 13:45
A surrogacy journey
- Tanya Rubin 14:00
Egg and Sperm donation
Profiles to look at with baby pictures and adult
- Mandy Rodrigues 14:45
Marriage game - couples each given set of cards
- Advocate Linda Retief 14:45
Surrogacy & HIV
- Robynne Friedman 15:00
Surrogacy a more personal journey
Videos on surrogates talking and suggested guidelines for IP's/LGBT
Yoga / meditation session
- Lerandia Viljoen 15:30
Surrogate mother speaks about her journey
- Dr Gaveeta Chiba 15:45
Partnering with your Fertility
- Naniki Sorensen 16:00
Meditation and Yoga for infertility
Setting up a meditation corner
- Sara Marshall-Page 16:45
- Moletelo Mainetje-Bossman 17:00
Infertility in the African culture
- Saskia Williams 17:30
Surviving infertility, loss and completing my family through local adoption
PROGRAMME - Saturday, 7 march
- Dr Antonio Rodrigues & Mandy Rodrigues 9:30 - 11:30
Ethics in Art and what to do when morals and ethics clash Sponsored by AnaStellar. This workshop is for fertility coordinators, nurses, laboratory staff, counsellors and doctors (not the public).
- Dr Leanne Scott 11:45
Mindfulness techniques in the stress response and the role of complementary medicine in infertility
- Adele van der Walt 12:45
The legal aspects of IVF
- Mandy Rodrigues 13:00
Managing chronic stress in infertility
- Nanki Robbertse 13:30
How to build a hope box
- Kelly Owen 13:45
Balloons and Bubbles
- Lucia Oreb & Michelle Groenewald 14:00
House of Fertility - support in social media
- Michelle Groenewald 14:20
- Alicia de Beer 14:45
A grieving mother - Where life & death collide
- Pastor Jerry Zwane & Karabo Zwane 15:00
Hannah - you are not alone
- Denise Kekimuri 15:30
Vessel Is Me - Uganda
- Catherine Bagyenda 15:30
Vessel Is Me - Uganda
- Jassy Ebwanyu 15:30
Vessel Is Me - Uganda
- Ilana & JK du Toit 16:00
Fertilygo - a personal journey through infertility
- Adele van der Walt 16:45
Ethical issues on surrogacy
Support Zone Speakers
Saskia is the only remaining founder and is the CEO of IFAASA. Her desire to help start IFAASA, stemmed from many years of Infertility. She was the spokesperson at the 2013 Discovery medical aid AGM, when the motion was brought forward for Infertility to be covered. After trying to conceive for 7 years, 3 IVF’s and the loss of her Daughter, Eloise, at 24 weeks gestation, she and her husband finally realised their dream of becoming a family, via Adoption. As well as volunteering for IFAASA and helping to educate the public around Infertility, Saskia also manages a successful Real Estate Group and lives with her husband of 14 years, their 7 year old son and 3 dogs.
Renowned clinical psychologist Mandy Rodrigues has worked in the field of infertility for the past 24 years. This includes working with individuals, couples and groups, helping them cope with the fertility journey and assisting them with making life-changing decisions. A large part of her practice involves stress management and the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to infertility. Rodrigues has presented and published various books and articles on the subject.
Tanya is a registered social worker, perinatal bereavement counsellor and logo therapist who has been working in the field of infertility for the past 15 years. She provides counselling to couples and individuals who are embarking on the journey of infertility. A large part of her practice focuses on dealing with issues around egg and sperm donation, surrogacy and the emotional journey linked to fertility treatment and pregnancy loss.
Sue-Ann Bright is a registered counselling psychologist in private practice. At age 38 Bright’s biological clock realised that waiting any longer for her prince to arrive would put her fertility in further jeopardy and she began a long and often times painful journey towards becoming a ‘Single Mother By Choice’ (a term coined in the US for single women who chose to conceive without a partner) using donor sperm. During the process, Sue-Ann felt supported and nurtured by the healthcare professionals working with her at the fertility clinic but after the birth of her daughter she found little ongoing support or resources available to and for donor conceived families. In response to that need has included donor conception support as a focus in her private practice.
Naniki Sorensen’s infertility journey was a long and arduous eight years before she adopted a child. Post adoption, she made a conscious decision to search for answers: “Through my spiritual practice I found a deeper inner knowing that I am never alone, I am always supported. Yoga had been something I had explored on and off, but this time I was seeking more than physical exercise, I was looking for something deeper. Yoga, meditation and constant engagement with nature, (which I later learnt was called nature bath) became a source of my healing – physically, mentally and spiritually. After completion of the final year of my Masters in Psychology, with a focus on a holistic biopsychosocial/spiritual approach, our family was blessed with a son, who was naturally conceived. I now practice as a holistic wellness counsellor.”
Multiple international award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur, Molatelo Mainetje-Bossman has spoken out about her infertility through her film When Babies Don’t Come , where she documents her 10-year struggle with infertility. The result is she has not only inspired many others but has also given a voice to many men and women with the same condition. Mainetje-Bossman was appointed one of the directors of Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA) in 2018.
Pastor Jerry Zwane & Karabo Zwane
Pastor Jerry and his wife Karabo Zwane founded Hannah – You Are Not Alone after their struggles with infertility. Depression, shame and loss of hope took the best out of them. They have devoted themselves to helping couples rise above the shame of infertility. Hannah seeks to bring awareness about an issue that has left many destitute and stigmatised. They aim to provide spiritual support and peace to those who are hurting.
Robynne Friedman is a mother through surrogacy. She has her own law firm specialising solely in surrogacy and fertility law matters.
Illana Du tiot
Ilana du Toit was diagnosed with early menopause in 2012 and has seen many fertility doctors and clinics in the UK and South Africa. Whilst going through her fertility treatment process, she realised that there is so much more that could be done to consolidate and streamline the fertility process and health data management. Du Toit realised that if she knew at the age of 18 that her ovarian egg reserve was diminishing, she would have taken a more proactive approach to managing her reproductive health. The result was FertilyGo, a one stop application where individuals have the power to capture and access their data from puberty through to adulthood – without losing information between fertility stages. Her husband JK is also one of the partners and heads up strategy for FertilyGo.
JK Du Toit
The reproductive journey. A male’s perspective. JK has walked the infertility journey. Miscarriages. Failed IVF. Countless professional opinions. Even more opinions from friends and family. Blood tests. Sperm tests (they’re not bad, let’s be honest!). Trying to avoid direct eye contact with other men who are also at the clinic for sperm tests. Psychologists. Everyone else having kids… Divorce. JK will be talking about his journey as a male going through the infertility.
Lucia Oreb Cvjetovic
Lucia Oreb Cvjetovic is a fashion designer, business entrepreneur and House of Fertility director who battled with infertility for five years. Unable to conceive naturally, the only way Oreb Cvjetovic was able to conceive was through a surrogate. “My journey lead me on a road that I never thought we would ever travel on. Finally, after those five extremely emotional years, our miracle twin girls Noa and Luna were born to our many tears, smiles, relief and exhilaration.”
Michelle Groenewald worked in the advertising industry as an art director for 15 years before moving into hospitality. During the 12 years as an owner of a successful restaurant, Groenewald gained an understanding of the intricacies of working with people from diverse backgrounds and a multitude of life experiences. “Whilst I fell pregnant in a very short space of time with our first child, Gia, I struggled with secondary infertility for four years before falling pregnant naturally with our son Tyler.” She is a SA certified Perinatal Bereavement Worker and House of Fertility Director.
Dr Kelly Owen
Dr. Kelly Owen is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 1996. Through her own journey with fertility difficulties, Owen started working in this field 15 years ago. Her specific interest is the severe impact that infertility has on the mental health of couples as well as on the individual. The emotional and psychological effects on men is also given great attention as they too suffer through this journey. She focuses on preserving relationships and guides couples through the often soul destroying process of the various treatments as they strive towards the creation of their own family.
Dr Leanne Scott
Dr Leanne Scott has worked as a homeopath in the field of infertility for the past 12 years. She co-developed, authored and lectured the first post-graduate course on The Complementary and Alternative Treatment of Infertility in South Africa through the University of Johannesburg. Her primary focus is on utilising a holistic approach to address infertility, incorporating homeopathic, epigenetic and functional medicine to develop individualistic treatment protocols.
Catherine is the Training Coordinator of Vessel is Me, Author of “Pieces of Me”, A memoir of her journey with Infertility in a Ugandan setting. Vessel is Me comes all the way from Uganda. This NGO focuses on maternal mental health and provides a platform for women and their families to talk through their challenges. They support the community through monthly gatherings for women and quarterly meet ups for men and also provide a presence in selected hospitals for families who may need help.
Alicia de Beer
Alicia and her husband Lukas are parents to a five-year-old boy. However, in 2017, their daughter Alizè died. De Beers speaks about her journey of loss and recovery.
Nanki Robbertse is an Occupational Therapist but a mom at heart, who lost her son, Kaleb, to stillbirth at 39-weeks in 2016. As part of her grief journey she started the #hopeboxinitiative in memory of Kaleb and for mommies who have suffered loss, to help them feel loved and less isolated. It is her passion to encourage, to listen, to guide but most of all to bring hope.
Founder & CEO of Vessel Is Me, Author of “So, what next?, you heal, you grow, you help others” – a memoir on pregnancy and infant loss. Vessel is Me comes all the way from Uganda. This NGO focuses on maternal mental health and provides a platform for women and their families to talk through their challenges. They support the community through monthly gatherings for women and quarterly meet ups for men and also provide a presence in selected hospitals for families who may need help.
Jassy is the Resource Development & Reporting Officer of Vessel is Me and Author of “Any Day Now”. Vessel is Me comes all the way from Uganda. This NGO focuses on maternal mental health and provides a platform for women and their families to talk through their challenges. They support the community through monthly gatherings for women and quarterly meet ups for men and also provide a presence in selected hospitals for families who may need help.
Adele van der Walt
Adele is an authority on the legal aspects of medical law which includes fertility law and surrogacy in South Africa and has represented clients both nationally and internationally. Van der Walt completed her B-Proc, LLB degrees at the University of Pretoria. She has addressed many interest groups in the healthcare fraternity, she has authored many published articles and she partakes in radio and TV programmes in this field on a regular basis. .
Sarisha is a holistic healing practitioner and fellow fertility-journey traveller. She walked the path for 12 years, and fully understands the challenges and the emotional roller-coaster ride. She shares her story as well as ways to cope, create and manifest. She wishes to bring hope, inspiration, guidance and support to others every step of the way. From her own personal experience and her journey to health, emotional healing and wellness, she is able to assist her clients with empathy, compassion and a deep understanding. Sarisha is a member of ASCHP (Association of Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners) as a Wellness Counsellor and a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa). Her current areas of focus are intuitive healing, holistic counselling and coaching. She has a special interest in providing emotional support to individuals, couples and families dealing with fertility related challenges.
Dr Gaveeta Chiba
Dr Gaveeta Chiba is a traditionally trained, holistically-minded psychiatrist in private practice in Johannesburg. She integrates lifestyle changes, counselling, medication and mindfulness for mental health and stress-related illness. She works with patients individually and in group sessions as a guide on their healing journey. She’s passionate about transforming the pain of depression, anxiety and health challenges into purpose and meaning. She has experience in psychiatric practice locally and abroad in the UK, in both state and private services. Dr Chiba has academic qualifications in medicine, psychiatry, management and research training. She is a certified mindfulness instructor and has certifications in both functional medicine and whole health medicine.
Advocate Linda Retief
Adv Linda Ann Retief is presently a practicing Advocate and a member of the Pretoria Bar. In 2019 she was duly appointed as an Acting Judge to the bench of the Pretoria Division of the High Court of South Africa. She has practiced in the legal fraternity as an officer of the Courts for 25 years, initially as an admitted attorney in 1993. During her 25 years in practice she has been appointed by the then Law Society of South Africa as a lecturer for continued legal education and now presently, as a advocate, she was appointed as an examiner by the General Bar Council for pupil valuation and entrance in the profession. Advocate Retief practices in a number of fields in law which require High Court litigation but specialises in medical law and all peripheral legal issues pertaining thereto including the legal aspects of fertility and surrogacy having a number of reported landmark decisions in this field of law. Advocate Retief attained her BLC LLB from the university of Pretoria.