Parenting Insights Live talks

Our free talks at our Expos provide you with up-to-date information from trusted, experienced experts and the ideal opportunity to have all your questions answered, to alleviate your fears or concerns.

The schedule below shows all talks featured at our 2018 Expo. Please check closer to our 2019 Expo for updated talk schedule and times.

Our FREE Antenatal classes: We run FREE antenatal classes at all our Expos, each running for 40 minutes. The classes are run by Liz Wilkes, our PBCE Midwife in Residence, an informed, supportive and qualified midwife from My Midwives, with over 20 years experience.

Daily Session Timetable

Specialist Speaker: Dr Shelley Rowlands & Ms Prue Hartley Obstetrician & Midwife

Dr Shelley Rowlands is an Obstetrician and Maternal Fetal medicine (high risk pregnancy) specialist.

Hear Dr Rowlands share her experience on preparing for pregnancy and parenting, focusing on general pregnancy health including nutrition and supplements, exercise, weight management and vaccines. 

Dr Rowlands runs a Private practice with a midwife and obstetric physicians for holistic obstetric care. They provide women with complete multidisciplinary care prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, through birth and after birth.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.emog.com.au/

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

Women heading into pregnancy, especially for the first time, have a lot of questions.

This first class in our antenatal series talks about some of the major choices – public vs private, doctor vs midwife, how do I know whether to have normal birth or caesarean.

We talk about how to start off in pregnancy to make the choices that will help you stay healthy and have a great birth and we will answer questions like what is an epidural and is it OK to have one? What other things can I have for pain? Is water birth safe? Should I have a normal birth or a caesarean? Will I tear? What happens if the cord is around the babies neck?

We cover this material honestly but sensitively and alleviate fears leaving women confident to ask for and get what they want.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Katie James Medela

40% of mums stop breastfeeding as they think their baby is not getting enough from breastfeeding alone.

Join Katie from Medela as she talks through what’s normal in the first few days and weeks after birth, and what’s normal for the older infant aged 1-6 months when it comes to breastfeeding, and how you will know your baby is getting enough.

Katie will also look at demystifying which pump is the right one for you, depending on how you are currently breastfeeding. She will explain why pumps may be used early on in the hospital and when not to use a pump.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.medela.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

In this class we cover how to get ready for birth and baby.

This class gives women and their support people, a showcase of resources and strategies to practice for great birth. Hands on techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. We will discuss preparing the home and preparing to feed your baby as well.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Deb Herdman & Merryn Snare Registered Nurse & Registered Psychologist, and experienced mums

Deb Herdman is a mother, registered nurse, child sleep consultant, author, composer, healthpreneur and developer/director of the Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head resources.

Merryn Snare has enjoyed many facets of her rewarding career as a mother, registered psychologist, author, educator and speaker.             

Hear Deb & Merryn share their experience and tips on sleep, settling and motherhood, including:

  • Helping your foetus for a more settled baby
  • Early days and settling
  • Settling, developmental leaps and the older baby
  • Motherhood and recognizing your feelings
  • Tips for emotional health
  • What to do when things go wrong 

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.nighnigh.com.au/

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

This class covers labour stages and birth of a baby.

The options you may ask for in labour are covered along with information and skills to aid you in your birthing journey.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding. 

This talk will cover key information, such as the benefits of breastfeeding, the let down reflex, supply and demand feeding and how to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk, positioning and attachment, and more. You'll also hear about the support available to help you with your breastfeeding journey.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.breastfeeding.asn.au

Specialist Speaker: Jill Green Soteria Safe Sleeping Advice

This presentation will provide parents and all carers (importantly bring the grandparents along!) with the skills and knowledge to understand the safest way to sleep a baby.

We will provide information and answer the following questions and more...

  • What products and mattress should I use and what products may be dangerous
  • Why should I sleep baby on the back and is it really safe?
  • Should I swaddle or wrap my baby or use a sleep bag?
  • What should the room temperature be and how much bedding do I need?
  • Is it safe to sleep with my baby?

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.riversgift.com

Specialist Speaker: Zora Marko Project Manager, Road Safety Education Project

This talk provides important information on Victorian road laws and the impact of incorrectly fitted child car seats. Information on choosing, fitting and using the right child car seats or capsule for your child will also be presented.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.childroadsafety.org.au

Note: Session times and content subject to change. The views and advice expressed during the talks are those of the speakers and are not representative of the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo.