Parenting Insights Live talks

Free talks at our Expos provide you with up-to-date, valuable information from trusted, experienced professionals.

Below is the talk schedule from our 2019 Expo. Please check closer to our 2020 event for updated schedules and times.

Bookings are not required, so please get in early to avoid missing out, these popular talks fill up fast!

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: Infant Nursery Product Alliance of Australia

The Infant and Nursery Products Alliance of Australia (INPAA) session gives insight into the challenge of buying a pram or a cot.

This talk discusses options available, the safety of products and it aims to take confusion out of the process which will assist you to make the right choice for your needs. INPAA is a leading safety advocate and is a member of the standards committee for children’s consumer products. This session won’t give you all the answers but it will give you the questions you need to ask before you decide on what product to buy.

Duration: 20 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes PBC Expo Midwife in Residence

Finding out you are pregnant brings with it a whole lot of questions and what do you do next? Where do I go for advice? Who is right and who is wrong?  

This first class in our antenatal series covers the steps you take through your pregnancy, some of the choices and decisions you will have to make and offers information on various newer options such as hypnobirthing and water birth.  

This talk covers:

  • What happens when you find out you are pregnant
  • Where to go next
  • Choosing a care provider
  • Choosing a place of birth
  • Information about screening tests and newer testing procedures
  • Your pregnancy visits and what they cover
  • What choices you will face getting closer to birth including induction, caesarean, epidural, water birth
  • Resources to assist you to prepare including antenatal classes and hypnobirthing

This class is the first in our series of classes on each day of Expo and is a great place to start the journey with us.

Duration: 40 minutes
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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
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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes PBC Expo Midwife in Residence

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: 40 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Ambassadors from The Parentmedic Movement

This medical talk covers what every parent should know before bringing baby home.

This talk will provide parents with the "red flags" to identify when their child needs medical help. A trained Parentmedic Ambassador will provide what to look out for, and who to get help from. These topics are the top reasons a parent will go to an emergency room or rush to their local GP in fear and needing help.

Know what you need to know to help when these times occur. Topics covered:

1.Identify when baby is not breathing properly
2. Baby's first fever
3. Dehydration
4. Rashes

All Parentmedic Ambassadors complete a 6 week online course and meet certain criteria to ensure they are providing up-to-date information in First Aid and Safety. Ambassadors come from a range of backgrounds in health and education.

Nice Pak are proud sponsors or The Parentmedic Movement. Visit them at stand B11 to speak with a Parentmedic Ambassador and to see their range of products.

Duration: 20 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

This class covers the stages of labour 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: 40 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Claire Foord Founder & CEO of Still Aware

Still Aware is the only not-for-profit organization in Australia dedicated to raising awareness of stillbirth.

In this talk, presented by Still Aware Founder & CEO Claire Foord, will cover:

  • Baby’s development
  • Practical ways and suggested methods to discover the best way to get to know who your baby is and their personality before birth

This is useful and protective advice suitable for mums, dads and partners to actively do to get to know their baby and create positive parenting inutero. 

Duration: 20 minutes
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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
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Specialist Speaker: Chad Hebel South Australian State Manager for Dads Group Inc

Chad Habel is the South Australian State Manager for Dads Group Inc.

Chad will be sharing some of his own experiences of becoming a father for the first time less than six months ago and how he began adjusting to his new role as a dad. It's still a work in progress!

Drop in to this talk if you’re a dad, a dad-to-be, or a dad planning to be, as Chad will share a slice of his own fatherhood journey and suggest some of the things that have made the transition to fatherhood easier for him.

Duration: 20 minutes
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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.