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 the talks planned for our 2019 Expo, including talk times.

FREE Antenatal classes: We run FREE antenatal classes, each running for 40 minutes. The classes are taught by an informed, supportive and qualified midwife from My Midwives.

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

Daily Session Timetable

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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Specialist Speaker: Kelly Law Experienced Midwife

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 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: Kelly Law Experienced Midwife

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: 40 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Miriam Krouzecky Nurse Unit Manager of Glengarry's Early Parenting Centre

Sleep. It’s one of the most difficult aspects of life with a new baby, with many new parents experiencing issues with establishing healthy sleep habits. 

This session takes a look at some of the basics around sleep in the first year of your baby’s life, and the strategies you can take to respond sensitively to your baby’s needs whilst promoting better sleep. Learn about:

  • Current Safe Sleep recommendations
  • Understanding infant sleep
  • Infant sleep cycles and what to expect as your baby grows
  • Strategies for linking sleep cycles  
  • How to read your baby’s cues and respond to them 
  • Tips on age-appropriate routines 
  • Responsive settling and key techniques 
  • Creating positive sleep associations

Speaker Miriam Krouzecky, in her senior role at The Glengarry Early Parenting Centre, supports parents and babies adjust to common challenges associated with sleep, settling and attachment.

Duration: 20 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Kelly Law Experienced Midwife

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
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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
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Specialist Speaker: DGI Representative

Dad's Group Inc connects Dads in local communities so they can share their experiences, make new friends and enjoy healthier, happier family lives.

Tune into this talk if you're a dad, a dad-to-be, or a dad planning to be, as a Dad's Group Inc rep unpacks the 'real' fatherhood journey and shares insights on how you can 'set yourself up to success' on your fatherhood journey.

Duration: 20 minutes
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Specialist Speaker: Claire Foord Founder

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

This talk 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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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.