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.

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

Places are limited so we suggest arriving 15 minutes prior to the class to avoid disappointment.

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 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
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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: Liz Wilkes PBC Expo Midwife in Residence

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: 40 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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Specialist Speaker: Kristy Newnham Qualified Nurse & Lactation Consultant

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

Join Kristy, a qualified nurse and lactation consultant 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.

Duration: 20 minutes
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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
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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: 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
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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.

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.