July is savings month, a time for South Africans to set new goals on how to grow, financially.
For parents-to-be, concern is often centred around mentally and physically preparing for childbirth, but financial preparation is equally important.
Costs can add up very quickly and new parents can find themselves feeling not only emotionally overwhelmed, but financially stressed as well.
“While pregnancy is an exciting time, expenses accumulate even before the baby is born. Soon-to-be parents need to have a plan on how they’re going to cover costs.
This includes pre and postnatal care as well as the birth itself. It is important to start saving as soon as possible,” said Dr Howard Manyonga, an obstetrician and head of The Birthing Team, an affordable private maternity care programme available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Polokwane.