Parenting Insights Live talks

Get up-to-date information from trusted experts and ask questions at these free talks.

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.

Daily Session Timetable

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

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: Dr Howard Chilton

It seems all babies are designed to be kissable, and huggable. The softness and smoothness of their skin is an intrinsic part of it. Baby’s skin is 30% thinner than adult skin.

Their skin is finer, with a thinner, more fragile outer layer. That fineness provides the most sensitive organ of communication for your baby. But there is a downside in the delicacy of your baby’s skin. The thinness of both the epidermis and dermis underneath means the skin is more susceptible to irritation and rashes, especially in the nappy area.

Learn interesting facts about baby’s skin and how it changes over time plus get tips on how to combat the downsides related to the delicacy of baby’s skin.

Presented by Dr. Howard Chilton, who has been a neonatologist for more than 35 years and was Director of Newborn Care at the Royal Hospital for Women for over 20 of them. He continues to practice there and at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital.

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

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

You have a new baby but what now? This session provides sleep and settling tips to help new parents.

We’ll be discussing the basic principles of sleep and settling with your baby both in the early weeks and what to expect as they grow. We will discuss some of the common challenges and confusions many parents face. Find out what is normal newborn behaviour and learn tips to help prepare you for the early weeks and months. This will be an interactive discussion providing support to new parents.

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

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

Specialist Speaker: Katie James

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

Learn how to sleep your baby safely. Red Nose Saving Little Lives will explain recommendations as well as give information on how best to create a safe sleeping environment for baby.

Red Nose Saving Little Lives 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.rednose.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Tracy Fulwood

Learn how strength based parenting gives you an integral understanding of your child’s needs to know how to avoid tantrums, to knowhow to eat vegetables, to knowhow to solve (or better yet, avoid) the very common poo problems.

A dedicated approach to your child means you can toilet train in just days, from as early as eighteen months old. Find out the best age to start toilet training and how knowing your child can change your life – and theirs.

Pottytraining.com.au has helped 14,564 parents toilet train – and counting. The “Know Your Child” system is the ‘Parenting Manual’ parents have always asked for.

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