Parenting Insights Live talks

Free talks at our Expos provide you with up-to-date information from trusted experts and the ideal opportunity to ask questions.

Our range of topics and speakers is always evolving, but the schedule below shows what was on offer during our 2017 Expo. For details of topics and guest speakers at our 2018 Expo, please check back closer to the event date.

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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 reflux, 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

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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

Most women want to have a great pregnancy and to prepare well for birth.

This class focuses on what will make a difference for you and your baby during this special time.  Focusing mostly on active labour and birth we discuss what you can do starting in early pregnancy through to the last weeks to make sure you and your support team know what will work so that you feel more confident. If you do one class in preparation for your birth make it this one as we dive into simple things that change the overall outcome and find out what makes women feel most satisfied with their birth outcomes.

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

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Specialist Speaker: Donna Mansell Registered Nurse/Midwife, Lactation Consultant, Endorsed Midwife

You have a new baby but what now? What is the key to getting your baby to sleep? This session provides you with essential sleep and settling tips to help new parents.

We’ll be discussing the basic principles of sleep and settling with a newborn and what some of the common problems and confusions many parents face. Find out what is normal newborn behaviour and learn tips to help prepare you for what parenthood is all about.   

This will be an interactive discussion providing support to new parents.

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

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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

This class covers the actual process of labour and birth of your baby.

We cover what happens leading in to labour and what you will see and feel as labour starts. The process of labour, what happens and how things change throughout the period of labour and leading up to birth. The physical and emotional elements are covered including in the moments after birth with your new baby. We describe and discuss what an amazing life changing experience this will be for everyone present.

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

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Learn how to sleep your baby safely. SIDS and Kids SA will explain recommendations as well as give information on how best to create a safe sleeping environment for baby.

SIDS and Kids SA is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

In Australia each year over 3,500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents).

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.sidssa.org

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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

The  common questions are answered – why do people get induced? 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? Many of these questions are the ones that frighten women and have been asked over and over at Expo. 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

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Specialist Speaker: Claire Foord Founder and CEO

This session covers information about getting to know your baby before birth, their sleep patterns, communication tools and key questions to ask your doctor.

A baby’s only direct link to the outside world is through its mother and mother’s have a unique opportunity to understand their baby’s individual movements and respond accordingly.

Still Aware is driving change and working tirelessly towards reducing preventable stillbirth. Change prior to the event. Change through education of clinicians and expectant families. We continue to work with key researchers in the field to gather and report data of care provisions already offered internationally, but which are not offered to Australian patients.

Still Aware is the only not-for-profit organization in Australia dedicated to raising awareness of stillbirth and are committed to raising awareness of the very real statistics of stillbirth in Australia working to end preventable stillbirth.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.stillaware.org

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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.