About The Team

Lily Kandalaft

Lily Kandalaft is the founder of Malaak Mama & Baby Care- the UAE’s first maternity focused agency and a one-stop shop for all pre and postnatal services, supporting families across the UAE. Born in Jordan and raised in the UAE, she is a mother of two beautiful little boys, Ryan (4) and Zayden (1 ½). Lily received her Bachelors of Science in Management from McGill University and her Masters of Science in Finance from the London School of Economics and has worked for over 10 years across the Banking and FMCG sectors in Canada and the UAE before deciding to set up Malaak. After having her first baby in 2013 and realizing the big gap in postnatal care in the region, she launched Malaak with the hope of supporting other mamas like her through their beautiful parenting journey!


Cecile de Scally
Lead Midwife Educator

Cecile de Scally, also known as the UAE’s leading midwife educator and “baby whisperer” is an experienced South African trained midwife, who qualified in 1990 and has more than 25 years’ experience in prenatal and postnatal support and education.

Cecile offers support to parents, facilitating prenatal classes, hypno-birthing workshops and baby/toddler feeding and sleep consultations.

Cecile’s main focus is Mother and Baby services, offering feeding support for new parents and sleep support for parents of new babies as well as toddlers.

With Cecile’s wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise, she assists families to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and baby.

To book a consultation or prenatal workshop with Cecile please email

Jo Holt
Maternity Manager

Jo Holt is an Australian qualified Maternity Nurse (Swinburne University Australia) with over 20 years’ experience working with executive families both in Australia and Dubai.

Jo’s passion is giving parents the confidence to enjoy their children. Jo has been supporting parents for years on behaviour and guidance techniques with different milestones including toilet training along with positive routines and sleep associations. Jo provides them with the tools to create age appropriate routines and sleeping patterns, empowering parents with confidence throughout their parenting journey.

Jo’s caring and professional approach has our Dubai Families reaching out for her guidance time and time again.

Jo is also involved in supporting our Childcare Professional Team in all areas of Childcare and Child Development, Quality Control and plays an active role in Malaak’s Sleep Guidance Program.

To book a childcare professional, please email:

Maternity Manager