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 planned for our upcoming 2019 Expo, along with talk times.

Bookings are not required- but arrive early- these popular sessions 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.

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Specialist Speaker: Tim Wain

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
More information: www.inpaa.com.au

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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 confusions...so 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
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

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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
More information: www.medela.com.au

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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
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

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Red Nose has been advising new parents in Australia on safe sleeping for babies for 40 years. This safe sleep talk informs parents and carers on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, stillbirth, miscarriage and fatal sleep accidents for babies and toddlers in their care.

The presentation will cover Red Nose’s six evidence-base safe sleeping recommendations:

    • Why they recommend sleeping baby on their back
    • Why you should keep your baby’s head and face uncovered
    • The risks of smoking before and after your baby’s birth
    • What is a safe sleeping environment and how you can recreate this at home
    • Why you should sleep your baby in your room
    • The benefits of breastfeeding
    • Ask the midwives: your antenatal and safe sleeping questions answered

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: rednose.com.au

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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
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

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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 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

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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
More information: stillaware.org

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Specialist Speaker: Tom Fagernes Victorian State Manager, DGI

Thomas Fagernes is the Victorian State Manager for Dads Group Inc.

Tom will be sharing some of his inspirational ‘lived experience’ of becoming a father for the first time and how he overcame some of the ‘challenges of fatherhood’.

Tune in to this talk if you’re a dad, a dad-to-be, or a dad planning to be as Tom will unpack the 'real' fatherhood journey and share with you insights on how you can 'set yourself up to succeed' on your fatherhood journey.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: dadsgroup.org

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Specialist Speaker: Dom Alford Relationships Australia Victoria

In Australia, Dads are traditionally encouraged to work and provide for the family first and to be a Dad second. This is not everyone’s idea of being a Dad. Some Dads need and want options.

So, Dad’s Group Inc present a guest speaker from affiliate organisation Relationships Australia, who will be sharing some of their recent fatherhood insights and newly developed resources for dads, to support you and help you along the way. Come along to see what works for you.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.relatio...oria.com.au

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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

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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.