Medical Doctor & Mother of 6
22 years experience
In-person AND online courses
Comprehensive course (see the detailed breakdown here)
Comprehensive notes provided
Postnatal support and lactation consultations
A course cannot be done in one day. Six weeks allows for:
Time to go over the information and return with any concerns, thoughts and questions
Integration of the material
Ample time to formulate your birth plan
Interaction and connection with other couples
A doula addresses labour support; a mother of 5 caesar babies tells of her personal positive caesar experiences
A postnatal exercise coach speaks about reclaiming your prenatal body
A paediatric chiropractor instructs on baby handling, milestones and tips on infant care
Up to date COVID coverage as relevant.
This course is for you, whether you are wanting a natural birth or a caesarean section, whether you are with a gynaecologist or a midwife, whether you are breastfeeding or not.
I qualified as a medical doctor in 1991 and practiced medicine on and off while growing my family of 6 children. Their ages range from 13 to 28 years of age.
The course is evidence-based and I keep abreast of the latest in obstetrics, breastfeeding and relevant topics. I live in Johannesburg with my husband and three of the children.
Becoming parents is undoubtedly one of the biggest life changes a couple undergoes.
Give yourselves and baby the best in terms of pregnancy, birth, feeding and baby care. Knowledge is the key to this investment.
Prenatal classes aim to answer your many questions. How can I feel better in pregnancy? What is new in pain relief? Is a caesarean safe? Is a natural birth possible? Should I breastfeed? Why is baby crying? How do I put baby to sleep? Bath baby? How often should I feed baby? Is postnatal depression preventable? Etc, etc.
South Africans have dissatisfying birth experiences. Many women are victims of ignorance. Couples can change the outcomes of this special time without having regrets. I feel I can make a difference by educating parents-to-be so they can make the best choices for themselves.
My passion is pregnancy, birth and babies. I would love to work with you in this fun and accepting forum.
My husband and i never stop talking about your wonderful lessons.
You should hear us saying to each other 'Babe i miss Dr. Des' antenatal classes'
He never stops saying how professional you are!!!
Palesa & Itumeleng
Thanks Dr Des for a very informative, insightful class which has really been a method of making us feel more sure and calm about the future.
We definitely will be referring to your notes many times to come.
We enjoyed and were grateful fro your lessons.
Monique & Jason
Thank you so much for the classes, we really enjoyed each and every one of them! We especially enjoyed how informative and interesting they were!
Thank you for giving out notes at each class… Thank you so much for providing snacks and drinks… Thank you for being so approachable and kind – it really goes a long way.
We really and truly learned a lot and will definitely recommend your classes!