Having a Baby in South Africa - What You Need to Know 

Having a baby in South Africa

Having a baby in South Africa may seem daunting at first. You may be wondering how to find a good gynaecologist or a midwife, you could be trying to find information on how to conceive in the first place, or you may be wondering where to find information that adds genuine value, without further confusing you and your partner. In reality, thanks to the huge range of support options available to parents-to-be, planning your family as an expat does not need to be any less scary than it would back home. The secret to having a baby in South Africa comes down to finding the right specialists to help you plan for your baby. Whether you are trying to conceive, or you have recently discovered that you are having a baby, we have all the information you need to help you plan your pregnancy, safely and simply. 

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Trying to Conceive in South Africa 

Ready to think about having a baby in South Africa? There are a number of excellent fertility and conception specialists to be found across the country. Our recommended doctors and clinics to help you conceive include specialists in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Joburg Fertility Specialists

Medfem (Sandton)

VitaLab (Sandton)

Gynomed (Roodepoort)

Cape Town Fertility Specialists

Cape Fertility Clinic (Claremont)

Aevitas Fertility Clinic (Pinelands)

Hart Fertility Clinic (City Centre)

I Think I Am Pregnant - Now What?

If you are already pregnant or you think you may be expecting, the first step is to find a gynaecologist, followed by a midwife. Both of these specialists will help guide you through the process, so that you know exactly what to expect, from the very first trimesters, all the way to your baby's birth.

Johannesburg Gynaecologists & Midwives

Sandton Mediclinic - Dr Heather Derwent Allan-Gould (Sandton)

Genesis Maternity Clinic - midwife-led, active birthing facility (Saxonwold)

Netcare Park Lane Hospital - gynaecology, obstetric, neonatal and paediatric care (Parktown)

Life Fourways Hospital - wide range of doctors and services (Fourways)

For more advice and referrals on gynaecologists please get in touch and we can connect you to another expat who has recently given birth here. Alternatively join our Moving to South Africa Facebook group and ask for referrals in there. 

Cape Town Gynaecologists & Midwives

Mediclinic Cape Town - Dr Natalia Novikova (City Centre)

Kingsbury Hospital - wide range of doctors and services (Claremont)  

Birth Options - midwives and birthing support (Plumstead)

More Helpful Resources for Parents-to-Be

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If you're looking for additional resources to help guide you or your partner through the journey of conception, pregnancy and birth in a new country, we highly recommend the following websites. These sites offer plenty of guidance to parents-to-be, along with practical information, tips and other useful advice.

Get Pregnant - tips and advice for those battling to conceive

Huggies - plenty of tips and resources in the top menu

Nurture - egg donor programme in South Africa

Home Birth - resources for those planning a home birth

Parent24 - general tips and resources for expectant and new parents

Translating Me is here to assist you at every step of the way.

Get in touch with our team and let us help you, whether you are having a baby in South Africa or you hope to have one in the near future.

For more support on having a baby abroad, head over to Knocked Up Abroad,

Or contact Karen Wilmot, at the Virtual Midwife. 

Super 6 - Mothers day wish list

If your partner is anything like mine, it is probably best you either buy yourself a present for mothers day, or you give a number of hints. My husband is wonderful at many things, but gift buying is just not one of them. I do often get tea in bed (not just on mothers day - so I can't complain), but darling if you do happen to see this - here are some of the beautiful things on my wish list. 

Here are my local to Jo'burg / South Africa gifts. I would love to know if you are also are going "local" this year, or would you rather have that chocolate you can only get back home? Share with us your favourites from wherever in the world you are currently living, in the comments below. 

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Whatever you end up doing, either over FaceTime or physically with your mother/ close role model. I hope you are throughly spoilt and able to pass the gift of generosity on to someone special. 



For the Stationary Lover - a Love Supreme 

I am a sucker for beautiful stationary, any excuse to buy a new notebook, diary, or pen, I have brought so many stunning designs from a Love Supreme, their colouring books are highly addictive, and the tableware is a fantastic way to add some African prints to your home.    

Image -   a Love Supreme   

Image -  a Love Supreme  

You can view their collection online, or head to The Beautiful Life on 4th in Parkhurst. 

For the Jewellery Lover - Henrietta Botha 

If you have spent much time with me over the past year you will have seen me wearing at least one item from the incredibly talented Henrietta Botha, whose jewellery is handmade here in Joburg. 

Image - Henrietta Botha 

Image - Henrietta Botha 

Order online, or directly from her studio in Parkview, she is above the Indian restaurant, Taste of Punjab inside The Village Centre, 60 Tyrone Avenue. 

Gin Lover: 

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We are loving the craft movement that has finally hit Joburg, if you were at our Translating Joburg event last year you will have heard from gin maker, Shanna Rae on how she created Time and Anchor TAD right here in Joburg, we also love the Westcliff Gin, along with Cape Town favourites Hope and Woodstock. Dry Dock on 4th Avenue have the best selection we have come across, and they even deliver directly to you, or via UberEats!    



Gift an Experience - Kim Sacks school of Ceramics

Image: Kim Sacks Blog

Image: Kim Sacks Blog

Maybe you already have too much stuff in your home, and would like to take the opportunity to learn a new skill or adopt a hobby. Kim Sacks runs a range of classes, and so does Henrietta Botha, so why not give ceramics or jewellery making a go? 



A REALLY Special Gift - Maxhosa

Sadly the twice I have actually had a good enough excuse to buy this wrap, they haven't had any in stock! Its on the wish list, and one day I hope to own at least one item from this incredible range, although sadly I don't think I will ever look anywhere as cool as the designers themselves do in it (just look at their Instagram accounts - they are rocking London). 




You can Never have too many bags -  Khula

Khula came to life 2.5 years ago when fellow expat Moniek van Erven moved to Johannesburg and fell in love with its rhythm, diversity and people. She felt the need and desire to give a voice to the alternative narrative expressed in the artworks of South African artists – providing a canvas for their work, a ‘voice’ for their stories and providing additional income for the artists with a share for the sale of each bag. You don't just wear a bag, you wear a piece of art.  

For your Home: Ceramics 

Clementine Ceramics - Cape Town 

Clementine Ceramics - Cape Town 

There is a wide a range of beautiful ceramicists to allow you to collect a few South African treasures. Here are a few of our favourites: 

 Clementine van der Walt

Kim Sacks

Pret a Pot Pot

Gemma Orkin

Self Care and Relax : Newly Refurbished Saxon Spa 

Image: Saxon Hotel and Spa 

Image: Saxon Hotel and Spa 

Maybe you are after a little time off, then why not book a treatment or two at the newly refurbished Saxon spa, - this certainly is top of my list. 

Have we missed anything special? What would be on your wish list? Have you any treasurers you have picked up from previous destinations that will always remind you of a special place or few years? Tell us in the comments below. 

Best places to Live in Johannesburg

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Choosing a place to live is a personal decision, firstly are you going to rent or buy a property (if you are a foreigner you are able to buy a home in South Africa, however you have to put down 50% cash deposit). Then what type of area would you like to live in, do you want to live around the corner from work, in a neighbourhood with coffee shops and walking distance from a park? In an estate or free standing property? We have put together a short guide to walk you through all the steps. Click Here to download it.  

Here is a short introduction to the various neighbourhoods that the majority of expats choose to live. We have also included a few places to visit, so even if you don’t choose to live in a particular area then you may like to go explore some of Joburg’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. 

Where to live in Johannesburg

Midrand (Waterfall and Kyalami)

Between Joburg and Pretoria, Midrand is home to many of the larger companies. It has much more affordable housing and much more space (brilliant for horse ridding!) Also near the American school.  


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Lots of properties to choose from, and lots of high security estates. Dainfern, Fourways Gardens, and Cedar Lakes are some of the bigger ones, which are built around golf courses, and have very international transient communities.

Places to Visit: Cedar Square / The Design Quarter / Nicolway 


Central Living, Large Properties, Lots of cluster homes to choose from. Near good South African schools, and close to buses for the American school and other International Schools. Be careful the traffic can build up and a 10 minutes journey quickly becomes 45mins / 1 hour. 

Places to visit - Bryanston Organic Market / Montecasino


Great for living close to work, near the main shopping mall, and Gautrain to commute out to Pretoria, or the airport. 

Good selection of apartments, or cluster homes and estates.  

For family sized homes close to a park and more of a village feel look at Parkmore, which is right next to Sandton, however the houses are free standing. River Club is the closest estate. Beware that the traffic in and around Sandton is very busy particularly when any of the traffic lights go down.

Places to Visit: Sandton Mall (Sundowners at the Southern Sun balcony), Nelson Mandela statue,

Hyde Park / Sandhurst  

Mix of exclusive cluster homes, large apartments and grand properties. Most houses have beautiful landscaped gardens, their own security guard and large properties.  

Places to Visit: Saxon and Inanda Polo Club, Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Food Wine and Design Fair. 


Walking distance to the Gautrain, nicely placed near Melrose Arch, Rosebank and Sandton. Great mix of old and new apartments along with some great cluster homes. Wanders Cricket ground is here, alongside the Wanders Sports Club which has a really active Rugby / Squash / Tennis amongst other sport communities. 

Places to Visit: Oxford corner / The GriffinThrupps / Fishmonger restaurant / Perron / Yamato / The Patisserie and the Post Office Centre. 

Melrose Arch 

Similarly to Monte Casino (in Fourways) you will either love or hate Melrose Arch. Its home to the Premium Virgin Gym and exclusive shops and restaurants. Its one of the few places where you can actually eat outside (and not overlook a car park 😉 ). There are a number of penthouses and apartment blocks within the compound, making it an ideal and safe place to live if you are moving to Joburg as a young couple or by yourself. Certainly worth a visit and very popular with tourists who want to shop and drink outside enjoying the sunshine! 

Visit - The Orient / Melrose Arch 

The Parks / Rosebank / Westcliff

Parkview, Parkhurst, Parktown North, Greenside, Craighall Park, Dunked West, Saxonwold, these area’s are mainly free standing properties, lots of large parks, restaurants, and smaller village-like communities. A large number of the streets are lined with beautiful Jacaranda tree’s so well worth visiting around October time. 


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Parkhurst has a more european feel to it, with a great strip of restaurants, and locally owned shops and antique dealers along 4th Avenue. You often see people walking their dogs, parents (or nannies) with their pushchairs, kids on their bikes, joggers all out and about - particularly at weekends.

The property sizes are smaller and quite close together, great residence association.

Visit: Bistro Vine and Nice (order one of their bread baskets and great for celebrations!)  


Lies at the foot of Northcliff Hill, a traditionally Africans area hosting the Africans government school), larger properties some with fantastic city views. Great mix of old family run restaurants alongside new trendy coffee shops and entrepreneurs. 

Places to Visit: Cheese Gourmet, The Whippet, Arthur Bales haberdashery shop, Linden Food Market  


Student area close to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and WITS (University of the Witswatersrand). Great night life, smaller properties, great diverse vibe, lots of journalists, students, and young families, fantastic local restaurants and new shops opening up all the time. 

Places to Visit: Pablo Egg Bar / The Leopard / Service Station / The Great Eastern Food Bar 


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Parkview is built around a lovely park, and similarly to Parkhurst has a wonderful strip of shops and coffee shops (go try the egg brunch at Croft and Co). Parkview is more of a family suburb, built around George Hay park, which plays host to many community events hosted by the superb primary and secondary schools in partnerships with the Parkview Residence Association.  

Places to Visit: Croft and Co / The Perfect Cup / Fruit and Veg Shop  


Westcliff is home to all the old "Randlords" used to live, its one of the oldest parts of the city. With its large properties with incredible views. It is also home to two outstanding (and over subscribed) schools; The Ridge (boys) and St Catherine’s (girls). Early mornings the famous “Westcliff Steps” are full of fitness fanatics and those wanting a challenge, but the view from the top is certainly worth the effort.  

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Places to Visit - 44 Stanley Milpark (great hairdresser the Wyatt) /  Beautiful Sundowners at Four Seasons Hotel


Rosebank has been recently renovated with Standard Bank building opening up just last year bringing in hundreds of young professionals to the area. As a result lots of cool new bars, shops and restaurants are now springing up all over the place. The Keys Art Mile being one of them - fantastic place to go hang out on the First Thursday of every month. Lots of apartments and young professionals moving in to the area. Great links to town, Pretoria, and Sandton via the Gautrain.

Places to Visit: The Nike Run Club each Tuesday evening / Keys Mile / First Thursday

Day trips - Zoo / Zoo Lake - first weekend each month Artist under the Sun / Delta Park / Emmarentia Park


The neighbourhood Nelson Mandela spent his last few years. Large properties situated the other side of the N1 motorway, very near outstanding private schools, and wonderful old sports club - Old Eds now hosts Premium Virgin Active gym. 


If you plan to be travelling a lot then Bedfordview is right next to OR Tambo. Has a lovely farm - Gillooly’s, where you can go for picnic by the lake, and check out the beautiful views. Eastgate shopping centre and lots of restaurants.  



Once this was the heart of the business district in Joburg, before all the major companies moved out to safer Sandton. However now its home to many creative and entrepreneurs, the past 5 years this area has once again sprung to life. With great food market each saturday bringing people back to the area.


Once a no go areas in the east end, now thanks to the vision of Jonathan Liebmann, has become the coolest part to go, there are art galleries, co office work spaces, a retro cinema, and wonderful market each Sunday based at Arts on Main. You can find a incredible mix of african food, fashion and design in what has become the heart of Jozi city life.   

Places to Visit: Arts of Main (market on main each Sunday) Kruger Street, Che restaurant, 1 on Fox, Urbanology, Newtown  Walking Tour with Past Experiences , Maboneng

Check out - SA- Venues for full list of suburbs:

Check Out - Joburg in your Pocket for full list of events and things to do.