Flourish, a social franchise, is hosting an antenatal support programme for expecting mothers in Johannesburg city centre, Yeoville and Jeppestown.
The classes are an attempt to prevent stunting in children before they are even born.
The programme will feature 10 themed classes, with the first five being offered for free, and invites all mothers less than 26-weeks pregnant to attend.
The programme highlights that from conception to the age two, babies are most vulnerable to stunting and aims to support, celebrate and empower mothers in this critical stage of the baby’s life.
Research published by BMC Public Health noted that stunting persisted in democratic South Africa “at a significant level”.
Khadija Richards, one of the facilitators of the programme, stressed the importance of mothers having support and the benefits of…