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

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

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: Julie Holschier OAM Registered Nurse, Midwife, Child Health Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant

Raising happy and resilient children by empowering the important people in their lives.

Your precious baby is about to arrive or has arrived! Congratulations. Often new parents receive well-meaning but conflicting advice. We often refer to the first 12 weeks post birth as the fourth trimester, when your baby is learning to adjust to life outside the womb. At around 4 months big changes happen again.

Come join Julie and Wendy to hear about how brain development, experiences and the environment impact on sleep in the first 6 months; and how crying is your baby's form of communication.

Wiringkids provides support, information and workshops to parents and professionals working in the early years.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.wiringkids.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

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

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

Presented by Goodstart Early Learning this session helps you learn about the benefits of supporting language development in early childhood.

Understanding the concept of language and its role in shaping a child’s brain, and building secure and stable relationships is crucial for parents to support language development. This includes why and how to talk to and with children to support their social, emotional, physical, psychological and cognitive development. Children need language to learn and communicate about their world, and as such learning and language are inextricably linked.

Hear from professionals at Goodstart Early Learning and learn tips to assist with your child’s language development.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.goodstart.org.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: Claire Foord Founder

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 are committed to raising awareness of the very real statistics of stillbirth in Australia working to end preventable stillbirth. We educate clinicians, mothers and families about stillbirth prevention and promote open communication.

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

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.