Support Groups

Telephone dialling codes for the different regions in South Africa

Johannesburg – (011)
Cape Town – (021)
Durban – (031)
Port Elizabeth – (041)
Bloemfontein – (051)

Abortion

  • Amato Pregnancy Counselling Centre – (012) 342-3452 / after hours 072 251 3993 – Free and confidential pregnancy counselling, pre and post abortion counselling, miscarriages and still births counselling – 787 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria / heila@amato.co.za / amato.co.za
  • Life Link Pregnancy Crisis Centre – Alternative to Abortion, HIV testing and counselling – (011) 394-8560am / 083 562 6106 – Sharon

Adoption

  • Adoption SA – (012) 312-7608
  • ACVV Adoption Tracing Service – (021) 511-1393 – Linda van Zyl
  • Catholic Women’s League Adoption Society – (011) 618-1533
  • Choices Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Centre – (021) 852-6454 / info@choices.org.za – 1 Schapenberg Road, Somerset West
  • Department of Social Development – (021) 483-5045
  • Free State Care & Action – (051) 447-1838
  • Johannesburg Child Welfare – (011) 298-8500
  • Life Link Pregnancy Crisis Centre – Sharon – (011) 394-8560am / 083 562 6106
  • Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) – pretoriaasg@yahoo.com This group offers support to individuals and couples considering adoption (transracial families, single parents, gay parents or any other family) as well as those who have already adopted their precious children. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month in order for adoptive families to socialise, share experiences and to offer hope and encouragement to newcomers.
  • Princess Alice Adoption Home – (011) 646-5641 referrals by JHB welfare

Aids

  • Aids Helpline – 0800 012 322 – open 24 hours
  • Aids National Crisis Line – 0861 322 322
  • Aids training, information & counselling centres – (011) 728-1347 / (012) 342-2222 / (013) 755-3606 / (014) 594-1455 / (016) 428-1640 / (018) 381-4263 / (021) 461-1111 / (033) 394-4444 / (041) 373-8666 / (057) 352-2212
  • New Start Counselling and Testing Centres – (011) 484-5320

Air Ambulance and Helicopter Service

  • MRI Criticare – 0 800 111 990
  • Netcare Emergency Services – 082 911

Albinism

  • Albinism Society – Nomasonto Maziduko – (011) 838-6529
  • albinism.org.za

Alcohol Related Research

  • Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) – (021) 686-2646 / Leana Olivier – CEO – 083 275 0202 / info@farrsa.org.za / www.farrsa.org.za
  • National Health Laboratory Services (Wits) – Genetic counselling – (011) 489-9223

Allergy

For more information on allergies, log on to www.allsa.org / (021) 447-9019 / mail@allsa.org

Ambulances – Private

  • ER 24 Western Cape Control Room – Toll Free 0800 22 55 99 – Emergency line
  • ER 24 National Control Room – 084 124
  • Netcare 911 – 082 911

Arthritis

  • Arthritis Foundation – (021) 425-4738
  • Arthritis Foundation Help Line – 0861 30 30 30

Asthma

  • National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP) – a non-profit organisation that disseminates impartial information about asthma. Membership for the public is free – (021) 830-5937 / 086 535 7156 / www.asthma.co.za / naep@netactive.co.za

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa – (011) 888-7655 / info@adasa.co.za /www.adhasa.co.za
  • Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group – Erica – (021) 790-4178 / kstander@intecom.co.za / ericastander402@gmail.com
  • Marietjie Stander (Principal) – (021) 919-9585 – School / (021) 919-9669 fax
  • Proed Centre – (021) 686-1567/8/9 – Specialists in learning difficulties and attention deficit disorders. Assessment and therapy centre and primary school – proedhouse.co.za / admin@proedhouse.co.za

Audiologists

  • SA Association of Audiologists – 082 727 5977

Autism

  • Autism South Africa – (011) 484-9909 / 9923 / (011) 484-3171 fax / admin@autismsouthafrica.org / www.autismsouthafrica.org
  • Autism Western Cape – (021) 685-9581 / www.autismwesterncape.org.za
  • The key school for children aged 2 to 12 with autism and developmental delay – (011) 726-2445

Baby Blues

  • Postnatal Depression Support Association – 082 882 0072 / www.sadag.org
  • Postnatal Depression National Helpline – 082 882 0072
  • New Arrival Survival – Stephanie Urdang – 082 575 4587
  • Salome Strous – (011) 802-2667 / 082 463 5162

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Batten’s Disease Support Group

  • Mr & Mrs van Zyl – (016) 976-5294 / 084 728 6990 – Marius / 076 068 8316 – Wilna

Behavioural Disorders

  • Division for Child and Adolescence Psychiatry – Rondebosch – (021) 685-4103
  • Tygerberg Hospital – (021) 938-4573 – patients under the age of 18 years will be assessed after referral from a doctor or primary health care clinic
  • Meyrick Bennett Child Centre – (031) 201-4126 – Behavioural and developmental disorders
  • Pro-Ed Assessment and Therapy Centre – (021) 686-1567/8/9 – Specialists in learning difficulties and attention deficit disorders / www.proedhouse.co.za / admin@proedhouse.co.za

Bereavement

  • Compassionate Friends – Assists bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the ­death of a child to cope with their grief experience – Monday – Friday 9am to 1pm – one-on-one counselling available / (011) 440-6322 / (021) 856-0717 – Alta / (031) 266-5847 – Mogie /  (043) 721-0406 – Myrtle / Bloemfontein – 082 455 7433 – Aubrey
  • Nechama – (021) 462-5520 / admin@nechama.org.za – provides emotional support and counselling for persons of the Jewish faith who have suffered a bereavement or loss. Emergency only – 079 888 9347
  • Pauline Sevitz – social worker and counsellor in private practice – adjustment to new parenthood and its effects on the couple’s relationship, individual therapy and couple counselling, stillbirths and miscarriages, illness and bereavement, postnatal depression, marital & relationship and family therapy, impact on couple’s relationship following bereavement, lectures, workshops and training – (021) 794-6628 / 082 570 7165 / www.counsellingcare.co.za
  • Perinatal Loss Group – Trish – 081 528 6577

Blindness and Vision Impairment

  • Blind SA – Cathy Donaldson – 083 701 4246 / president@blindsa.org.za
    Association for visually impaired children and their parents
  • Athlone School for the Blind – (021) 951-2234/9 / info@asstb.org.za
  • SA National Council for the Blind – (012) 452-3811
  • South African Guide Dog Association Head Office – (011) 705-3512
  • South African Guide Dog Association – (021) 674-7395 / info@guidedog.org.za  / www.guidedog.org.za
  • Cape Town Society for the Blind – (021) 448-4302

Institute for the Blind – (023) 347-2745 / www.kaleidoscope.sa.org
KwaZulu Natal Society for the Blind – (031) 202-7277
Pioneer School – (023) 342-2313 – early interventive programs, education and training from pre-primary to grade 12. Serves blind, partially sighted, deafblind and multi-handicapped learners

Provincial Council

  • KwaZulu Natal – (031) 309-4991 – Blind & Deaf Society
  • Free State – Blind Society – (051) 448-1384
  • Mpumalanga – (013) 752-3559 – SA National Council for the Blind
  • Limpopo – (015) 291-3695 – SA National Council for the Blind

Tape Aids for the Blind – (031) 309-4800
Branches – (011) 786-6130 / (012) 362-5414 / (021) 689-5983 / (031) 309-4800 / (033) 330-4519 / (043) 722-7615
The League of Friends of the Blind – (021) 705-3753 – rehabilitation centre for blind and partially sighted children and adults. Independence development services for blind and visually impaired children and adults, early childhood development for blind children from birth to 6 years www.lofob.org.za / info@lofob.org.za
Tygerberg Association for the Blind – (021) 939-6999 / 081 461 6994 – Roy / 62 Bedford Street, Parow / roy.abbott@telkomsa.net

Bone Marrow for Africa 

  • The Sun Flower Fund – 0800 12 10 82 – call centre
    Head Office / (021) 701-0661 / www.sunflowerfund.org.za / donors@sunflowerfund.org.za

Breastfeeding

See also Lactation consultants

Breastfeeding Association of SA – Yulanda Ridge – (033) 396-1733 / 082 725 5043 / www.healthandbabies.com

Breastfeeding Support Group

  • Howick & Pietermaritzburg – Pamela Willment – 079 067 1250
  • Upper Howick – Sandy – 072 269 7547
  • Heather Pieterse – (012) 329 -3865

Breastfeeding 24 Hour Helpline

Panorama Breastfeeding Clinic – 083 703 7711

La Leche League
www.llli.org/SouthAfrica.html
www.alecheleague.org
La Leche League South Africa is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to women who want to breastfeed their babies. La Leche League Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, trained and accredited by LLL, who are happy to help other mothers with questions and concerns about breastfeeding. This one-to-one approach is one of the most effective (and friendly!) way of getting the support you need. It is important to notice that all our Leaders are mothers who volunteer their time and are therefore not always available.

Gauteng

  • Edenvale – Marguerite (011) 453-7188
  • Benoni – Cecilia (011) 918-7924 / Joan (011) 849-8250 / Annatjie (011) 973-1900 / Mara 083 754 1045 / Lesley (011) 849-9214 / Lisa 083 286 0009 / Pauline 083 659 4986
  • Pretoria – Jessica (012) 332-2564 / Tobie (012) 430-3334
  • Centurion – Leonie (012) 654-6961 / Nicole (012) 345-4898 /Petro (083) 656-1604
  • Randburg – Ellen (083) 785-2524 / Sharon (011) 795-4209
  • Sandton – Ute (082) 652-6436 / Tanya (083) 408-0785
  • Springs – Bernadette (082) 674-4762

 

KwaZulu Natal

  • Durban – Jane (031) 309-1801
  • Amamzimtoti – Claudia (031) 903-4908
  • Munster – Ruth (039) 319-2054

Western Cape

  • Blouberg – Elaine (021) 976-8537 / Juliet (021) 556-0693
  • Bonnievale – Sonja (023) 616-3192 / 072 259 3521
  • Brackenfell – Vania 073 165 9678
  • Durbanville – Trudy (021) 976-2598 / Tiffany (021) 913-3586
  • Helderberg – Leana (021) 855-4657/ 083 415 4657
  • Parklands – Simela 076 214 8075 / Elaine (021) 976-8537 / Juliet (021) 556-0693
  • Kenridge – Wilna 083 539 6557 / Marna 072 453 2471
  • Southern suburbs – Natashia (021) 531- 0891 / Katherine (021) 761-6219
  • Paarl – Wilma (021) 201-2641 / Florence (021) 863-0448
  • Parow – Dilshaad (021) 930-2475/082 927 2161 / Rahmat 082 826 4600
  • Malmesbury – Selma 083 265 5458 / Bianca (022) 487-2824
  • Other – Sophia (021) 393-1634 / Olga 082 062 0206 / Elizabeth (021) 782-6999

Eastern Cape

  • Port Elizabeth – Nan (041) 583-1577 / Naomi 072 130 9879
  • St Francis – Veronica 074 897 8091
  • East London – Rensche 078 277 7385 / Michelle (043) 748-2763/071 386 850
  • Knysna – Vicky (044) 384-0426

Northern Cape

  • Esme (027) 692-3041/079 161 6319

North West

  • Potchefstroom – Frieda 074 740 2150

Botswana

  • Gaborone – Wendy +267 390 2113

Breast Milk Banking

  • Donate your extra breast milk to help save the lives of other babies

Milk Matters – (021) 659-5599 / 082 895 8004 / www.milkmatters.org
The SA Breast Milk Reserve – Sasha – (011) 482-1920 / info@sabr.org.za
Milky Hearts – Gail – 078 223 8622 / Promise – 082 998 0979 / www.milkyhearts.co.za / Facebook – MilkyHearts / Twitter – @milkyheartssa

Cerebral Palsy
(021) 685-4150 – info@wccpa.org.za / www.wccpa.org.za / (031) 700-3956 / (033) 342-2913 / (041) 583-2130

Forest Farm Centre – (011) 789-3008 – residential care for adults with cerebral palsy

Charge Syndrome

Childbirth & Parenting Education

  • Childbirth and parenting education – KZN monthly talks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/540658229410228

Childsafe

  • Child Accident Prevention Foundation – (021) 685-5208 / www.childsafe.org.za

Child Developmental Assessment

Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre – (011) 484-1734 – individual family therapies and play therapy. Offices – Berea, Rosebank, Soweto, Hartebeespoort Dam
Counselling for parents, children, youth, families, couples, individuals and community groups. Play therapy for individual children and groups. Courses and workshops on all child and youth care and development issues for parents. Talks and lectures on any issues related to children, youth, development, families and communities

Multidisciplinary Therapy and Parent Support

  • Child and Family Unit – (011) 481-5103 / (011) 481-5155 fax – for children with emotional, psychological and psychiatric problems
    (011) 481-5207 / 026 260 3649 – Neuro developmental clinic for children with neurological and developmental problems
  • Teddy Bear Clinic – (011) 484-4554 Parktown / (011) 660-3077 Krugersdorp / (011) 980-8160 Soweto – for abused children
  • Child & Family Welfare Society – (033) 342-8971
  • Childrens Assessment & Therapy Centre – (031) 208-5117
  • Khanya Family Centre – (011) 905-0915 – counselling for children, teenagers, adults, parents and groups. Psycho educational assessment for children and adolescents. Training on issues related to child development eg child abuse and discipline
  • Meyrick Bennett Child Guidance Centre – (031) 201-4126
  • Red Cross Children’s Hospital Developmental Clinic – (021) 658-5535

Child Minders Training

Professional Child Care College

  • Training domestic workers in childcare
  • Beverly Wilson – (011) 482-3378 / 082 900 9137 / childcare@global.co.za / www.childcarecollege.co.za

Child Welfare

  • ACVV – Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging – (021) 461-7437 / 461-7447 – designated child protection organisation / headoffice@acvv.org.za
  • Child Welfare SA Head Office – (011) 452-4110
  • Child Welfare SA – (013) 752-8209 / (015) 291-1960 / (021) 945-3111 / (051) 430-7507

Cleft Information
Cleft Friends a project of the Smile Foundation – Closing the gap for cleft parents! –
082 393 1206 / 0861 A SMILE (0861 276 453) / info@cleftfriends.co.za / www.cleftfriends.co.za / www.facebook.com/CleftFriends
Support workshops are available in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State
Cleft Friends helps parents and children affected by cleft lips and palates by providing support as soon as possible after birth through a parent support group network of moms and dads of cleft children who have the necessary training and hands-on experience. These amazing parents have walked the same road and want to share their stories of hope with others. It is the initial contact with another parent that makes all the difference. It sends a message of hope and relief in a traumatic situation. Our vision is to create awareness and educate communities about cleft lips and palates.

Support for Cleft Lip and Palates

  • Roslyn Lenton – (021) 404-6458/9 – speech therapist at cleft lip and palate unit

Counselling

  • The Parent Centre – (021) 762-0116
  • Pauline Sevitz – social worker and counsellor in private practice – adjustment to new parenthood and its effects on the couple’s relationship, individual therapy and couple counselling, stillbirths and miscarriages, illness and bereavement, postnatal depression, marital & relationship therapy and family counselling – (021) 794-6628 / 082 570 7165

Crisis Counselling

  • Lifelinewww.lifeline.org.za
  • Life Lines Southern Africa National Crisis number – 0861 322 322
  • Life Lines Southern Africa National Office number – (011) 715-2000
    Provides a 24 hour telephone counselling service and face-to-face ­personal counselling by appointment.

Gauteng

  • Alexandra – (011) 443-3555
  • Ekurhuleni – (011) 421-0384
  • Johannesburg – (011) 728-1347
  • Pretoria – (012) 804-1853 / crisis (012) 804-3619
  • Soweto – (011) 988-0156
  • Vaal – (016) 428-1540
  • West Rand – (011) 665-2281 / crisis 0861 322 322

Western Cape

  • Cape Town – (021) 461-1113
  • Garden Route – (044) 343-2769 / 081 430 2264

KwaZulu Natal

  • Durban – (031) 303-1344 /
  • Pietermaritzburg – (033) 342-4447
  • Zululand – (035) 789-2472

Free State

  • Welkom – (057) 357-2746 / crisis (057) 352-2225

North West

  • Klerksdorp – (018) 462-7838 / crisis (018) 462-1234
  • Mafikeng – (018) 381-0976 / crisis (018) 381-4263
  • Rustenburg – (014) 594-1455 / (014) 592-3158

Mpumalanga

  • Nelspruit – (013) 755-3606

 

Crisis Pregnancy Centre – (012) 342-3452 fax – Hella Chaten. Emergency number – 084 740 5418 / amato@mweb.co.za / www.amato.co.za  / 787 Arcadia Street, Arcadia
Crisis Pregnancy Centre – Born 2 Care – Heidelberg – 082 725 7777 – crisis line / hendab@lantic.net – Information is given on the development of the baby in the womb, the preciousness of life, abortion and the after-effects, single parenting and adoption through counselling. We aim to give each lady and her family our love and support, plus full information about the decision she has to make for herself and her baby   Born2careheidelberg@gmail.com
Life Link Pregnancy Crisis Centre – Sharon (011) 394-8560 am / 083 562 6106 – Adoptions, single parenting, unplanned pregnancies, home for unmarried mothers – 19 Maxwell Road, Kempton Park
Healthy Mom & Baby Clinic – Crisis pregnancy counselling – 082 609 8462 – Jeffreys Bay

Cystic Fibrosis Association
Information, advice and support to parents and families of cystic ­fibrosis sufferers. www.sacfa.org.za

  • Alan Dunn – (011) 083-7234 / 083 285 5853 / alanfdunn@gmail.com
  • Derek Broere – 082 339 5601 / db@bitbuilders.co.za
  • Alwine Pretorius – (021) 933-2289 / 072 130 9420 / a.basenji@gmail.com
  • Tessa Kershaw – (021) 558-9502 / 082 300 4602
  • Debbie Long – 083 643 3328
  • Dr Paul Gebers – (041) 363-3900

Deafness

Deaf Federation of SA

  • National Office – (011) 482-1610
  • Provincial Councils – (013) 656-1996 / (015) 291-5248 / (021) 683-4665 / (043) 761-4636 / (051) 447-4705 / (053) 631-1086
  • Linksfield Audiology Institute – (011) 485-2325
  • The Childrens Communication Centre – (011) 484-3408
  • Wits University Speech Pathology & Audiology Department – (011) 717-4567
  • School for the Deaf, Blind & Physical Disabilities – (012) 793-1204/5
  • National Institute for the Deaf – (023) 342-5555
  • KwaZulu Natal Deaf Association – (031) 201-2261
  • KZN Blind & Deaf Society – (031) 309-4991
  • KZN Society for the Blind – (031) 202-7277

Death

See Bereavement

Depression

See Baby Blues
See Crisis Counselling
See Mom and Baby Support
See Postnatal Depression
Depression and Anxiety Group Counselling – Toll free – 0800 567 567 / www.sadag.org / SMS 31393

Diabetes Association

  • Diabetes SA Branches – 0861 222 717 / (021) 425-4440 Margo Mccumisky / (033) 346-0934 Felicity Giles / (041) 367-2810 Martin Prinsloo / East London – 083 659 8634 Dinish Vallabh / Kimberley – (053) 802-2233 Denel Schafer
  • Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology – (011) 712-6000
    Free advisory service for diabetics, families and friends
  • Novo Nordisk – 0800 116 941
    www.diabetessa.co.za

Diaphragmatic Hernia

  • CHERUBS – Association of congenital diaphragmatic hernia research, advocacy and support. CHERUBS was created to help families of children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and to research possible causes and better treatment for it. www.CHERUBS-CDH.ORG
  • Karen Howard – (031) 764-1378 / 082 310 1449 / karen.howard@sweidan.co.za

Disabled

  • Disabled Peoples of SA – (031) 701-2951 / fax (031) 701-6053
  • Association for the Learning Disabled – (031) 466-4477
  • Western Cape Network on Disability – Natalie Johnson – (021) 531-1973 / 061 602 7256 / wcdisability@gmail.com

Domestic Workers Child Care Course

  • Professional Child Care Colllege – Melville
  • Beverly Wilson – (011) 482-3378 / 082 900 9137 / childcare@global.co.za
  • Training domestic workers in child development and stimulation, importance of play and prevention of accidents

Doula

A birth companion to support you during labour and birth
www.wombs.org.za

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome SA – 0861 369 672 / fax (011) 252-5323 / www.downsyndrome.org.za
Down Syndrome Association
Office – 0861 369 672 / dssaoffice@icon.co.za
(0011) 615-4180 / (012) 664-8928 / Tzaneen – 078 246 0888 / (021) 689-1519 / (021)
Down Syndrome Support – 082 424 6339 / (012) 664-8871

Dystonia

Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy SA – To reach your local office call 0860 374 537
  • National Office – (021) 903-1479 / www.epilepsy.org.za / nationaldirector.no@epilepsy.org.za
  • Regional Offices – (011) 811-1590 / (011) 818-2139 / (013) 254-0161 / (021) 703-9420 / (044) 382-2155 / (056) 811-5959
  • Epilepsy Foundation – (031) 309-1370 – provides counselling Gloria Andipatin

FAMSA– Families South Africa

To promote healthy family life

www.famsa.org.za / national@famsa.org.za / (011) 975-7106 / 086 641 6882 fax(011) 892-4272 / (011) 766-3283 / (011) 788-4784/5 / (011) 984-0266 / (012) 460-0733 / (014) 592-9747 / (015) 307-4833 / (015) 962-3728 / (016) 933-8128 / (017) 631-1593 / (018) 293-2272 / (021) 447-7951 / (021) 872-2700 / (023) 347-5231 / (031) 202-8987 / (033) 342-4945 / (041) 585-9393 / (043) 743-8277 / (043) 683-1418 / (044) 272-7020 / (044) 382-5129 / (044) 874-5811 / (046) 622-2580 / (051) 525-2395 / (053) 872-2644 / (054) 332-3955 / (057) 352-5191

Family Life Centre

To promote and maintain constructive relationships within the ¬family
(011) 788-4784/5 – 1 Cardigan Rd, Parkwood / famlife@iafrica.com / www.familylife.co.za

Fire – 999

First Aid Services

St John Priory – (011) 646-5520 – Head Office
• St John offers First Aid Courses that will equip you with the skills necessary to deal with an emergency. Courses are suitable for new mothers, child minders and au-pairs
Branches – (011) 403-4227 / (011) 673-1041 / (021) 461-8420 / (021) 782-3306 / (021) 851-7394 / (031) 305-6588 / (041) 364-2701 / (041) 360-7979 / (043) 722-9840 / (046) 636-1650 / (051) 444-6276 / (053) 838-2519
Red Cross – www.redcross.org.za
Branches – (015) 491-3916 / (018) 381-6778 / (021) 797-5360 / (031) 563-2914 / (041) 585-6745
Red Cross Childrens Hospital – (021) 658-5111
SA Noodhulpliga / SA First Aid League – (012) 644-0918 head office / fax (012) 644-0841 / (021) 948-6294
Flying Squad– 10111

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • SANCA national office – (011) 892-3829 (011) 673-0400 / (011) 854- 5988 / (011) 892-0875 / (011) 917-5015 / (011) 984-4017 / (012) 542-1121 / (013) 656-2370 / (013) 755-2710 / (015) 295-3700 / (016) 349-2892 / (016) 933-2055 / (016) 976-2051 / (018) 462-4568 / (031) 202-2274 / (033) 345-4537/ (034) 312-3641 / (035) 772-3290 / (035) 831-0677 / (044) 884-0674 / (051) 447-4111 / (057) 352-5444

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome Support Network

Gaucher Society

• www.gaucherssa.co.za

Genetic Counselling

Genetics Clinic Wits – (011) 489-9223/4
Genetics Clinic Tygerberg Hospital -(021) 938-9207
Genetics Clinic Nkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital – (031) 240-2341
Noelene Kinsley – Gauteng – 082 547 5720 / (010) 595-1005
Caryn Todd – Durban – 079 873 8240 www.geneticalliance.org.za

Gluten Intolerance / Coeliac Support Group

•Lucille Cholerton – Nutrition counsellor, specialist in gluten sensitivity / coeliac disease – lucoll@mweb.co.za / www.allergysa.org

Haemophilia Association

Selo Tuswa – 082 890 2707
Judy Butler – (021) 785-7140 / 083 711 7287
Wayne Fowles – 082 321 0931 – KZN
• www.haemophilia.org.za

Headway

• A non-profit organisation offering rehabilitation and support for brain injury survivors and their families. Physiotherapy, Speech, Occupational therapy, Psychology, Support groups
• (011) 442-5733 / headway@iafrica.com / www.headway-gauteng.co.za
• (031) 266-2709 /

HIV / AIDS

AIDS Helpline – 0800 012 322 – AIDS information – open 24 hours
Multisectoral Aids and Management Unit – (012) 358-8743 reception/ (011) 984-4050 / (012) 358-5562 / (012) 358-8638 / (012) 358-8746 / (012) 358-8771 / (057) 353-3029

Dr L Mbobo

HIV care – VCT, wellness, treatment for opportunistic infections provision of antiretroviral medication
• Training in HIV and AIDS to all healthcare workers especially doctors and nurses
• 073 820 7018 / mbobolarry@gmail.com

Homes for Single, Pregnant Women

Life Link Pregnancy Crisis Centre – Sharon – 083 562 6106 / (011) 394-8560am – 19 Maxwell Road, Kempton Park
Princess Alice Adoption Home – (011) 646-5641 – JHB Welfare referral

Inherited Disorders Association

see G Genetic
SAIDA – SA Inherited Disorders Association
(011) 489-9213 / www.saida.org.za
SAIDA is a not for profit organization that acts as an umbrella organization for the inherited disorders support groups of South Africa. SAIDA aims to provide support for and promote effective communication between the supports groups. SAIDA is also actively involved in promoting the understanding of and education about the many inherited disorders that occur in South Africa

Intellectual Disability

SA Federation for Mental Health – (011) 781-1852 / www.safmh.org / info@safmh.org
(011) 614-9890 / (012) 374-3002 / (015) 307-4732 / (016) 931-2910 / (017) 631-2505 / (017) 826-3199 / (018) 297-5270 / (021) 447-9040 / (031) 207-2717 / (033) 392-7230 / (035) 787-0146 / (041) 365-0502 / (041) 922-8025 / (043) 722-1811 / (053) 841-0537 / (057) 352-1046

Jaundice – phototherapy hire – see Bilibed hire

La Leche League (see breastfeeding)

To help mothers breastfeed through education, information and­ mother-to-mother support.

Lactation consultants

SACLC – SA certified lactation consultants – Wits University accredited

Can also be found on a location map at www.expectantmothersguide/listings/lactation-consultants/

Gauteng

  • Lynda Lilienfeld – 082 771 8526
  • Hettie Grove – 083 492 5861
  • Dani Kuun – 082 819 2226
  • Annatjie van Zyl – 083 663 6192
  • Sarah Blumberg – 082 642 0054
  • Christine Kleynhans – 072 490 7386
  • Deidre Smith – 083 453 4106
  • Christine Swanepoel – 082 487 4533
  • Marilize Stander – 084 422 2994
  • Lara Torlage – 082 337 9911
  • Samantha Crompton – 082 494 2903
  • Wendy Blackstock – 076 893 9793
  • Margaret Lehoboye – 083 978 9811
  • Francoise van der Westhuizen – 082 940 5008
  • Christa Rocher – 012 662 0305 / 02
  • Carey Haupt – 084 602 4234
  • Lara Kaplan – 082 412 9135
  • Nisanne van Rensburg – 082 777 1783
  • Timor Lifshitz – 072 122 2159
  • Hendrien Bezuidenhout – 082 561 3075
  • Lisa Ras – 082 863 6199
  • Bianca Joffe – 083 456 8818
  • Alison Baker – 082 817 0881
  • Lizette Mare – 082 601 0708
  • Bailey Merven – 082 323 7504
  • Salma Kola – 072 438 7478
  • Hilde Agema – 083 605 8748
  • Lee-Ann Moolman – 073 149 3693
  • Megan Clarke – 082 979 5050
  • Aaisha Alli – 074 193 0506
  • Mariandi Pretoruis – 082 480 1328

Western Cape

  • Emma Numanoglu – 083 455 8338
  • Cath Day – 082 534 9098
  • Anna-Marie During – 083 225 4997
  • Kelly Scott – 084 297 0190
  • Deidere Lindeque – 082 562 8376
  • Lyn Smit – 084 814 9713
  • Tasha Perreard – 074 126 8645
  • Darol Wilmot – 083 335 4653
  • Doriska Posthumus – 082 464 6994
  • Maureen Ress – 083 700 6282
  • Janette Mostert – 072 123 9915
  • Theresa O’Gorman – 084 483 7676
  • Annette Bing – 084 367 1005
  • Jenna Morgan-Cramer – 084 589 0115
  • EstherMarie Swanepoel – 082 718 8186
  • Elsje Kritzinger – 076 282 7582
  • Sally Cursons – 083 305 9394
  • Zani Smith – 072 154 8821
  • Cassandra Bassett – 082 656 4331
  • Petra van Zyl – 076 671 2503

KwaZulu Natal

  • Caryn de Chazel – 073 008 2551
  • Lindsey Watkeys – 082 925 1989
  • Christine Lier – 082 302 8536
  • Claire Moffat – 072 475 9741
  • Barbara Le Grange – 083 785 5248
  • Monique Holtzhauzen – 071 356 3295

Eastern Cape

  • Monica Badenhorst – 082 770 7591
  • Marisca Blackaller-Smal – 084 244 7727
  • Rene Blom – 081 583 2587
  • Lenee Castelyn – 083 798 2195
  • Anthea Taylor – 072 959 2664
  • Nicky van Zyl – 071 870 0992
  • AnnerieConradie – 083 954 9392

Free State

  • Lara Torlage – 082 337 9911
  • Annemie Cloete – 079 893 2586
  • Imke Hennop – 084 569 0686

Mpumalanga

  • Sanja Nel – 076 734 1273
  • Elmarie Roodt – 082 442 6787
  • Anrie van Wyk – 084 437 2343
  • Lelanie Ferreira – 082 921 8820

Limpopo

  • Phynaki Ngwenya – 072 588 8167
  • Suzanne Kok – 084 626 7008

North West

  • Elna van Straten – 072 124 7355
  • Lizelle Payne – 083 748 0757
  • Shamina Saloojee – 082 308 5188
  • Liesl van Staden – 079 419 0395
  • Elsabe Hayward – 083 497 6477

Northern CapeChristel de Lange – 082 930 7212Merise Strauss – 076 421 7955

Lactation consultants in Southern Africa – www.lacsa.org.za

Learning Disorders

Specialised Education Support – (021) 467-2027/8 – Learners with special educational needs

Marfan Syndrome

Medic Alert Foundation 

  • (021) 425-7328 / fax 086 273 0168 / info@medicalert.co.za

Mom and Baby Support

Mom Support Group

    • Thirsty Thursdays moms support group – 90 First Ave, Dunvegan, Edenvale 9:30 – 12:30 – Mary-Ann – (011) 454-1648

Moebius Syndrome Foundation SA

  • www.moebiussyndrome.co.za

Multiple Births

SAMBA (SA Multiple Birth Association) – www.samultiplebirth.co.za
East Rand and Vaal – Marion 072 049 7891
Facebook : South African Multiple Birth Association
We hold Expectant Parents seminars twice year and all of our members receive a quarterly magazine

TATS – Twins and Triplets Society Cape Town – a society of families who have been there, done that and have the oversized T-shirts. We will be able to help you allay your fears, calm the nerves, give very helpful advice and be a shoulder to cry on when you feel all is lost. www.tats-wc.co.za

Twin Talk – Twin Talk is an online community for parents, especially those with multiples. Share your experience, trials and tribulations with those who are in the same boat as you and make some friends along the way. Parenting is not a job, it is a joy, you just need the right tools –  www.twintalk.co.za / www.facebook.com/twintalkcoza /: https://twitter.com/twintalkcoza / http://pinterest.com/twintalkcoza/http://www.youtube.com/user/twintalkcoza

Muscular Dystrophy

National office – (011) 472-9703 – Sue Bester / national@mdsa.org.za / www.mdsa.org.za / corner 414 Ontdekkers Road & Botes Street, Florida Park
Branches

  • Gauteng – Peter Joubert – (011) 472-9824
  • Western Cape – Win van der Berg – (021) 592-7306

KwaZulu Natal – Debbie – (031) 332-0211

Nanny Training

Sugar and Spice Nanny Training – Kim – 082 743 3076 / kim@nannytraining.co.za

Neurofibromatosis Association

Mannie – manniemanim@iafrica.com / www.saida.org.za

New Moms Support Group

Clevame – support for new moms – Blackheath – 079 899 2456
JJ Wellness Centre – postnatal support – 083 260 0324
Little Life Group – Tuesday am (031) 737-3035 – Lindsey Watkeys
Heather – 47A   7th Ave, Parktown North – Weekly support group for new moms. Tuesdays 10:30-12:00 – (010) 900-4676

Noonan Syndrome Support Group

Lucy Cinnamond – 082 456 0233 / lucy@vanflymen.co.za / Box 16720, Dowerglen 1612

Nursing Services

Nursing Services SA – 0860 654 321 – day and night
Aupairs Exclusive – Marion Smith – night nurses and night nannies – 072 049 7891 /  www.aupairsexclusive.co.za

Organ Donor

Organ Donor Foundation – 0 800 22 66 11 / www.odf.org.za

Overeaters

Overeaters Anonymous – (011) 640-2901 / www.oa.org

Parent and Child Counselling Centre (Johannesburg)
Offers counselling services to parents and children, school assessment, short and long term therapy, talks and training, HIV counselling
(011) 484-1734/5/6 / (011) 484-1735 fax

PACSEN – Parents Association for Children with Special Education Needs – (012) 333-0149

Perinatal Loss

  • Perinatal Loss Support Group – support group for mothers that have experienced loss through miscarriage, stillbirth and infancy death – Pretoria East – Samala Kriedemann – 083 389 6929 / samala@mama-nurture.co.za / www.mama-nurture.co.za
  • Perinatal Loss Support Group – Bryanston – Sally Baker – Meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month – 082 584 0666
  • Perinatal Loss Group – Hilton – Trish – 081 528 6577

Physically Disabled
4 Lancaster Street, Westdene, Johannesburg / nationaloffice@NCPPDSA.org.za / www.NCPPDSA.co.za
Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities – (021) 555-2881 / (021) 555-2888 fax / director@wcapd.org.za / www.wcapd.org.za

Poison Information Centre

  • Poison Information Centre – 0861 155 777 – Manned 24 hours a day by qualified personnel. For the public ­seeking emergency advice on the treatment of poisoning
  • Netcare Ambulance Services – 082 911
  • MRI Criticare Emergency Service – 0800 111 990

Porphyria Information Service
(021) 406-6332 / www.porphyria.uct.ac.za

Postnatal Depression

  • Postnatal Depression Support Association info@pndsa.org.za / www.pndsa.org.za
  • Postnatal Depression National Helpline – 082 882 0072 – sms help and your name and someone will call back
  • Barbara Le Grange – (031) 265-9790
  • Alison Sampson – (031) 208-5500
  • Postnatal Depression Group – Hilton – Trish – 081 528 6577

Postnatal Support Group

“Moms’ Connect” Group – for Moms with babies and toddlers
You are invited to share the experience of motherhood with good coffee and new friends in a supportive environment. Varied program with plenty of chill and chat time. Thursdays during school term 10:00 – 12:00 at Christ Church, 8 Richmond Rd, Kenilworth, Cape Town. Contact Jill Mathew – 072 329 0281 / jill@mathew.za.net
Postnatal support – Bedfordview – Jane Maclaren – Wednesdays 10am – 083 260 0324
Mother Support Group at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital – Friday morning 10:30 – 12:00 – 021 554 9388
Mother’s Group Little Life Crompton Hospital – Tuesdays 10:30
Teatime Postnatal Group – Pietermaritzburg – 084 722 3107
Brand New Mama Tea – weekly support group @ Kloof Country Club – 0763290217

Prader-Willi

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of SAwww.praderwilli.org.za
Rika du Plooy – (012) 344-0241 / chairperson@praderwilli.org.za
Medical advisor – Dr Engela Honey – medic@praderwilli.org.za / (012) 319-2269

Pregnancy Crisis Service

Telephone and personal counselling for people experiencing unintended pregnancies
Amato Pregnancy Crisis Centre – (012) 342-3452 / after-hours 072 251 3993
Life Link Pregnancy Crisis Centre – Sharon – (011) 394-8560am / 083 562 6106 – Adoptions, single parenting, unplanned pregnancies, home for unmarried mothers, HIV testing and counselling – 19 Maxwell Road, Kempton Park
Counselling Pregnancy Centre – (012) 342-3452 – Marlene Jansen. Emergency number – 084 740 5418 / infoamato@mweb.co.za / www.amato.co.za / 787 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Born 2 Care – Heidelberg – 082 725 7777 – crisis line / hendab@lantic.net – Information is given on the development of the baby in the womb, the preciousness of life, abortion and the after-effects, single parenting and adoption through counselling. We aim to give each lady and her family our love and support, plus full information about the decision she has to make for herself and her baby
Choices Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Centre – (021) 852-6454 / info@choices.org.za / 1 Schapenberg Road, Somerset West
Pregnant Teen Learning Centre – hospital school – (012) 329-1560

Premature Baby

Hold your Prem – a workbook on skin-to-skin contact for premature babies www.kangaroomothercare.com

Rare Disease Society

Kelly du Plessis – 010 594 3844 / www.rarediseases.co.za

Reflux Support Group

Reflux Support Group – Michelle – (041) 395-9656

Renal Care

• (021) 480-6276
National Renal Care – Acute dialysis 24 hour – 082 574 1629

Restricted Growth Counselling

Elaine Warwick – 082 870 9077 / erwdynamite@gmail.com

Retina South Africa

• 0860 59 59 59 / national@retinasa.org.za / www.retinasa.org.za

Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome South Africa – www.rettsyndromesouthafrica.com

Sea Rescue

Emergency number – (031) 361-8567

Single Mom’s Support Group

Monica Spiro – (021) 794-1577 –

Sleep Apnoea Help and Support Group

To reduce disability and death from the medical condition of sleep apnoea through understanding, sharing, motivation and the spreading of knowledge
Annette van Rensburg – (012) 997-7098 / 082 573 4015 / sleepapnea@telkomsa.net

Speech and Hearing

Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – (021) 406-6401

Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Louise Muller – 082 926 5251 / (011) 475-1460

Stop Gender Helpline – 0800 150 150

Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children and Pensioners

Rookaya Vawda – rookayavawda@mweb.co.za

Support Group – Postnatal

Rustenburg – Babies and Boobies Club – 072 124 7355 / www.boobiesandbabiesclub.co.za

Baby Support Group

  • Northriding – Samantha Crompton – 082 494 2903

Support group for parents and families who have lost or care for a chronically ill child
SaM – Support and Ministry. The aim of the group is to connect with people who share similar challenges. All are welcome and there is no fee for attendance. (011) 215-7209. Genesis Chapter 1 Room, Mosaiek Campus, Danielle Street, Fairland, Randburg

Tens Hire

  • TENS 4 HIRE – Bronwyn Holmes – 082 497 4584 / info@tens4hire.co.za / www.tens4hire.co.za
  • Tens Hire from Wave Therapies – Dr Toni Van Lennep – 082 805 9567 / toni@wavetherapies.co.za / tonivanlennep@gmail.com 

Thalassaemia

  • SA Thalassaemia Association – www.thal.org.za

Tongue Ties

Toy Library Resource & Developmental Play Centre

(011) 683-7200/01/ www.cotlands.org.za/toy-libraries/

In order to meet a greater number of children’s needs, Cotlands offers play sessions for birth to six year olds who do not have access to early learning opportunities. Our programmes are based on best practice principles ensuring the holistic development of each of the children we serve. Each two hour early learning session is structured around a routine, creating learning and play opportunities that develop children’s language, mathematical, problem solving, gross motor, fine motor as well as social and emotional skills. A toy library is a high impact, cost effective non-centre based programme that gives children, their families, early learning facilitators and ECD practitioners access to a collection of carefully selected educational play materials, early learning sessions and toys in their own communities and households. The main focus is on ensuring that the   young child has access to educational development opportunities and will be ready for formal schooling when the time comes to enter Grade R.

Western Cape – (021) 857-3758

KwaZulu Natal – (035) 838-1948

Trisomy 18

UIF

Money for Mom’s – UIF maternity claims services – (011) 465-9876 / Joan – 083 518 8921 /  www.moneyformoms.co.za

Vaccines

Vaccine Helpline – 0860 160 160 – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Velo-Cardio-Facial Support Group

Derek and Val Landau – (011) 432-1482 / 083 470 1998

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