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The ‘Babies in Mind’ project is based on the book, ‘Babies in Mind’ published by Juta books in 2007. Jenny Perkel, the author of ‘Babies in Mind’, is a clinical psychologist, a mother, a trained nursing sister and midwife. Jenny works in private practice in Cape Town, South Africa, offering psychotherapy to adults, play therapy with young children, parent-infant psychotherapy and parental guidance.  Jenny is on the editorial board of the professional journal, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa and a member and past chairperson (2011-2012) of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health. She has published dozens of articles about babies, children and parenting and she is the author of a children's book, ‘Streets of Jewels’.   


Our licensed 'Babies in Mind' practitioners are mental health professionals, mostly psychologists. Our practitioners offer group and individual support and guidance to parents, early childcare workers and caregivers. We try to help parents to give their babies and toddlers what they need in order to grow into well-adjusted children and adults. Our focus is on giving parents the strength and confidence as well as the knowledge and information that equips them to be great parents. We do not subscribe to any one particular parenting ideology. We prefer to empower parents to be the best they can be for their babies.



Our practitioners are currently all based in South Africa, but we hope to expand to other areas soon. To find out more or to connect and interact with us, please ‘like’ us on Facebook and sign up for our e-mail newsletter. To contact Jenny Perkel, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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