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Symposium Speakers 2018-04-17T12:45:38+00:00

Symposium Speakers

Johannesburg 8th and 9th May 2018

Lilian Paramor – Johannesburg 8&9 May 2018

Whose rights matter most: Mother or Baby?

Repairing C-section and premature birth harm

Also known as Sister Lilian, she is a nurse, midwife, reflexologist and natural health practitioner and South Africa’s leading midwifery, pregnancy and parenting advisor. Lilian is a best-selling author of numerous pregnancy, birth and parenting books, well-known media consultant and started the Sister Lilian Centre in 1988, dedicated to improving pregnancy, birth and parenting. Her career has focused on a constant search for more natural, simple solutions to any problems encountered in these fields, as she implicitly believes that simple steps yield profoundly empowering and long-lasting effects. Sensitive Midwifery Symposium, Sensitive Midwifery Magazine and Sensitive Midwifery Academy were all founded under Lilian’s direction.

Margreet Wibbelink – Johannesburg 8&9 May 2018

Birth breathing and the art of silence

Collaborative maternity care – the only way forward

Margreet is a passionate South African born, Belgian-trained midwife who co-founded and directs the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic in Jeffreys Bay, a non-profit organisation committed to delivering professional private care to the most vulnerable and underprivileged women of the community. She also works as private midwife and is known as ‘The Surfing Midwife’.  Currently, Margreet is a PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she also assists as a student mentor for advanced midwife students.

birthing and midwife conference speaker - Tshidi Masala-ChokweTshidi Masala-Chokwe – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

Termination of pregnancy: An ethical dilemma or not?

Tshidi is the passionate, highly experienced lecturer of Midwifery at Tshwane University of Technology. Currently studying towards a D Tech Nursing degree, she wants to develop a community-based support programme for postnatal women, to help reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. She has a special interest in mentoring future midwifery leaders and promoting understanding of the place traditions and customs play in pregnancy, birth and babycare.

birthing and midwife conference speaker - Jane MaasdorpJane Maasdorp – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Exclusive breastfeeding: from observations and anecdotes to modern science, and the travesty of mixed feeding

Jane is a La Leche League Leader of 25 years, but also holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology. She is a guest lecturer on breastfeeding in the paediatric department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and has also been a guest lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Jane has presented training sessions in Lactation Management for UNICEF, TOT and Breastfeeding Counselling Courses.  All of us at Sensitive Midwifery simply love Jane’s thoughtful, rational yet passionate approach to breastfeeding.

Connie Nyabana – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Learning from key birth and breastfeeding case studies

Connie studied nursing and midwifery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College, and then gained valuable work experience as a midwife at Yusuf Dadoo Hospital. She moved on to Saudi Arabia in 2009 where she worked for two years, accumulating extensive experience in midwifery care and handling of complicated births. After Connie’s return to her homeland she spent a few years as a midwife and in charge of an ante- and postnatal clinic in private hospital practice. In 2015 she registered as a private midwife, starting her own antenatal care, midwifery birthing, as well as home visits practice. Connie currently works in a midwifery-led care clinic catering to both private medically insured and lower income families and is also still active in private practice. She is a regular contributor to Sensitive Midwifery Magazine and has presented various topics at Sensitive Midwifery Symposium.

Jenni Sharkey – Johannesburg 8 May 2018 

Emotional system empowerment for midwives

Jenni Sharkey’s interest in Psychology was evident from her initial line of study, a degree in Nursing which included a major in this subject, obtained from the University of Stellenbosch in 1978. After six years of working in the nursing field, she studied marketing and obtained an MBA from the University of Cape Town in 1986, to pursue a career in pharmaceutical and market research, and later marketing management. After two home births with a midwife, Jenni  started part-time consulting and lecturing to small groups, focusing on lifestyle, stress management and nutrition counselling at Hoogland Health Hydro, and more recently business consulting and research.  The fields of neuroscience and emotional intelligence, as well as genetics and epigenetics, have been a special interest and area of study for the past six years. Jenni also enjoys an active retirement, with lots of healthy outdoor living in Ladismith in the Southern Cape.

Dr Bernard Brom – Johannesburg, 8&9 May 2018

The integrative health model: it’s place in holistic midwifery care

Energy medicine and its role in midwifery

Dr Brom is a qualified medical doctor who, while specialising in gastroenterology became dissatisfied with medicine and his lifestyle. After an interesting almost-six year global travel sabbatical from medicine, he returned to South Africa and started an integrative medical practice, specialising in the non-drug treatment of ill-health. Dr Brom studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), herbal medicine and homeopathy, immersing himself in exploring how a person becomes ill and how to support the person back to health, mostly away from the disease model and the use of drugs towards lifestyle and supporting health medicine. He was chairman of the South African Acupuncture Medical Association, founder and chairman of the South African Society of Integrative Medicine (SASIM), and also one of the founders and the first Chairman of the Traditional and Natural Health Alliance, an organisation working towards a balanced and appropriate regulatory process for natural products. Dr Brom has written extensively on integrative medicine, both in medical journals and in his monthly newsletters. He founded the Journal of Natural Medicine in 2000 and published his first book Healthy Medicine, The Philosophy and Principles of Natural Medicine in May 2017. His non-medical interests include walking in nature, growing organic vegetables, deep discussion on the meaning of life and his own inner spiritual journey.

Dr Moeng Pitsoe – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Gestational diabetes in perspective

Dr Pitsoe is a 1987 medical graduate of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He went on to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and in 1994 became the Head of Department at Natalspruit Hospital in Johannesburg. From2003 to 2007 Dr Pitsoe spent time at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne and then as a consultant at the Base Hospital in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. On his return to Johannesburg he went back to Natalspruit as a visiting consultant, and commenced private practice, which he continues to this day. His areas of interest are high risk obstetrics, infertility and first trimester fetal loss.

Dr Eli Rosen – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

Gender understanding and tolerance in midwifery care

Homeopath, medically trained Sex Educator, Healthcare Activist, and Gender and Sexuality Consultant, Dr Eli Rosen, focuses on promoting access to healthcare for all people through education of both the patient and healthcare provider. Dr Rosen also provides comprehensive sex education at schools across South Africa because the sexual health and related healthcare of children and teens is often neglected because of the taboos around talking about sex and complexities in providing medically sound, accurate and non-judgemental information. Dr Rosen lectures at university level on various medical In addition, topics related to sexual health, and gender and sexuality. They are also a consultant to NPOs focusing on training healthcare providers in rural South Africa to provide safe and affirming health care services to marginalised communities.

Mamokgadi Koneshe – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Experiences of midwives when caring for pregnant immigrant women in a public hospital

South African born Mamokgadi trained at Queen Elizabeth Nursing School in Lesotho as a General Nurse and Midwife. After qualifying, she returned to South Africa. She is highly experienced in midwifery, and now a lecturer in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College  ( Rahima Moosa Campus). Mamokgadi is a prospective PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. She wants to develop a model that will assist midwives caring for pregnant immigrant women in public hospitals and her first article was published in the Forced Migration Review Journal (University of Oxford). Mamokgadi has presented at various Research Day Forums.

Dr Poovangela Naidoo – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

Differentiating fetal stress from distress, and new partogram protocols

Dr Naidoo is the Head of Obstetrics at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She obtained her FCOG (SA) in 2004 and has since practiced as a specialist obstetrician at the CHBAH. In 2014 she was certified as a Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Her special interests include high risk obstetrics, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, twin pregnancy, fetal monitoring and first trimester screening.

Bandile Dlala – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

The accoucheur angle

Bandile Dlala is an accoucheur at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital since completing a Diploma in Nursing (General, Community, Psychiatric) and Midwifery. He is described as hard working, punctual, willing to tackle any work that comes his way and with a keen ability to learn new things. Before turning to the world of nursing and midwifery, Bandile was Creative Director and Concept Manager for the catering division of Madela Triangle. He is very enthusiastic about his career as an accoucheur, and also loves reading, listening to music and participating in outdoor activities.

Monafu Rebecca Motete – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Ensuring midwifery recognition, well-being and leadership

Advanced Midwife Rebecca Motete currently works as a Specialist Midwife in a District Clinical Specialist Team in the Free State province, where she is also an advocate for provision of quality care in maternal and neonatal health issues. Her focus is the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality through clinical governance. Rebecca is Deputy Secretary of the Society of Midwives South Africa (SOMSA) and the Sitting President of the Free State Chapter. She participated in the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Maternal and Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy Africa Cohort in 2014-2015 as a mentor. This passionate midwife has presented papers and posters at conferences nationally and internationally.

Karen Wilmot – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

Technology and increased access to information online: Enemy or ally?

Karen Wilmot is the founder of The virtual Midwife, an interactive online platform that strives to address the Internet as part of the larger health communication system. She is also the manager of Nine, the first and only center in Oman providing informed choice, continuity of care and advocacy for mothers and babies. She qualified as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in South Africa in 1990 and is also a registered yoga teacher. Karen studied clinical hypnotherapy and adult education as well, but has spent the majority of her career working in the field of women’s health as a midwife in labour and delivery, in clinics teaching antenatal education, and in the community supporting women in the postnatal period. An entrepreneur and lover of adventure, she has utilised her nursing and midwifery qualifications to travel the world and broaden her experience. Karen is constantly learning and challenging herself to reach beyond the limits of what is possible. She travels frequently offering workshops around the Middle East and speaking at conferences. She has also written ‘Expats Expecting – The Essential Guide for Giving Birth Abroad’.

Ruwaida Ismail Moola – Johannesburg 8 May 2018

Ensuring midwifery recognition, well-being and leadership

This mother of two sons is a practicing, registered fertility nurse and midwife with experience in both the private and provincial maternity health sectors. Ruwaida did her four year training  at Coronation Nursing College and later completed Advanced Midwifery and Nursing Education through the University of Johannesburg. Her passion for midwifery started in her schooling years when she witnessed a birth and grew in the maternity unit – she believes that this was all that she was born to do. Ruwaida now works at BioArt Fertility Clinic assisting mums with difficulty conceiving to attain their dreams of becoming a mother. She continues care with some of the low risk mothers right up to the birth of their babies. Ruwaida has also taken a special interest in neonatal jaundice after her first born needed an exchange transfusion. She has also contributed to educational programmes on television, radio and magazine articles.

Thembelihle Kubheka – Johannesburg 9 May 2018

Making a difference with BANC Plus

Born in KwaZulu Natal in Mangeni Village, Nqutu, Thembi  started and finished schooling in KwaZulu Natal too. She trained at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College in 1991 and obtained a Diploma in Nursing (General, Psychiatry and Community) and Midwifery. Thembi proceeded to specialise in midwifery, obtaining her Diploma in Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science in 2007. She has worked in Lenmed Clinic, MOUs and Johannesburg District Hospital in Soweto as a midwife for 22 years. Thembi is currently the Operational Manager at Itireleng MOU.