2019 MELBOURNE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

9:30am PINKY MCKAY
"Breastfeeding: The Complete Journey”
The first latch to the last feed

Join Pinky McKay for a look into the breastfeeding journey, from start to finish. From the very first latch, through to their very last feed, Pinky will discuss the wonders of liquid gold and how breastfeeding benefits both mother and child.


9:30am LAEL STONE
"THE TALK"
TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT BODY AUTONOMY, CONSENT AND SEX

Let’s talk about sex, baby! Talking about sex with your kids strikes discomfort into many parents.

Don’t be overwhelmed, Lael Stone is here to talk about the age appropriate conversations we should be having with our kids. Why starting the dialogue around consent and bodily autonomy is so important from such a young age. How do we put in place healthy imprints around sexuality and body awareness for children? How does the way we were raised impact our conversations around sex?

Because having awareness of this topic and starting the conversations early, helps to protect children for life.


9:30am SARAH VAN REE
"CREATING A SECURE BASE"
HOW THE WAY WE WERE PARENTED AFFECTS HOW WE PARENT TODAY

Join Sarah as she dives into the world of emotional intelligence - here we are today, trying our hardest to raise our children to be emotionally intelligent, when we ourselves were raised in a time when it wasn’t even a “thing”. We’re trying to teach while still learning ourselves!

How do we show our emotions to our kids in a healthy way? And encourage them to have open communication with us about how they’re feeling?

Learn some practical strategies to help us when we feel triggered by an emotion our kids are showing, as well as how to maintain our secure base and help our kids regulate their own feelings, when we are feeling a little “all over the shop”.


11am Robin Grille
"Connecting with your Toddler and Child”
Setting Boundaries without Punishment, Shaming or Manipulation

In a world surrounded by the noise of others’ advice, how on earth are we meant to figure out the best way to set boundaries for our kids?

What is punishment vs discipline vs connection? And can connecting with your child really help with their behaviour?

Join Robin Grille to learn the secrets to connecting with our children and setting strong boundaries without relying on punishment, shaming and rewards.

Be empowered as he shares that it’s ok to express your needs and limits, that being effective and assertive means being “real” and what the key ingredients are of a deep connection with your child.


11am DR BRONWYN LEIGH
"THE FIRST YEAR"
Understanding & connecting with your baby in the first 12 months

Welcome to parenthood – a 24/7 volunteer position without training! The first year of a child’s life brings untold joy, as well as many potential challenges that can dampen the joy and interrupt connection. If only babies came with a manual!

Well, your baby IS the manual! Dr Bronwyn Leigh will help you find ways to think about this new little person in your family and what they need to flourish. Tune in to your baby, develop into the most supportive parent you can be and understand and meet your baby’s needs, as well as your own.


11Am SARAH MATHESON, SHAYE WOODHOUSE & MEGAN OSBORNE
"LIFE WITH BABY LOSS"
SUPPORTING OURSELVES AND OTHERS

Dealing with baby loss can be having a first-hand understanding, but it can also be about knowing how to support your family, a friend or maybe a co-worker as they deal with the loss of a child.

The death of a baby at or around the time of birth is a profoundly distressing event. The experience of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death is usually sudden, unexpected and can be highly traumatic. Initial feelings of shock, disbelief, confusion and guilt can be overwhelming and followed by lasting psychological and social impacts.

Sarah, Megan and Shaye speak as mothers of baby loss, how it has affected their lives and the lives of the people around them and how it has become part of their everyday lives.


1:30pm MARTINE OGLETHORPE
"ONLINE SPACES"
Creating safe boundaries for our children and technologY

Parenting in today's world is a little different to the world we were raised in. With iPads, iPhones, iView, Netflix and endless apps, navigating screen time, the online world and what we do and don't allow our kids to access is a whole new ballgame for today's parents.

Join Martine as she provides strategies, tips & tools to make sure we are setting our children up in the very best way to stay in control of technology. She’ll talk about how technology is a part of our children’s everyday lives, how to set strong boundaries, the positive use of technology and how best to tackle the challenges we face as parents of children growing up in the digital world.


1:30pm AMANDA DONNET
"MENTAL HEALTH”
CREATING SAFE SPACES WITHIN THE FAMILY

Struggling with mental illness is a real and everyday thing for many parents. But how do we balance caring for ourselves, our children and our families as we ride the emotional rollercoaster?

Join Amanda to discover more about the practical side of parenting with mental health struggles. She’ll share real-world tips on how to care for yourself, reduce the stigma and establish good mental health hygiene, including embracing the concept of horizontal parenting.


1:30pm PHYSIO LAURA
"GET YOUR SEXY BACK"
Sex, body and recovery after kidS

Remember, once postpartum… always postpartum. Discover the practical tools and a simple action plan to return to sex, exercise and general motherhood activities safely and without pain. Join Physio Laura to discuss the physical, hormonal and emotional changes which will influence a woman’s recovery after birth. She will cover the changes to the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and how to enhance your recovery in the postpartum period, no matter how “postpartum” you are.


3:30pm robin grille
"GETTING YOUR KID TO DO STUFF"
WHAT REALLY MOTIVATES CHILDREN

All across the world, we hear the universal cry of parents saying “how do I get my kid to do stuff..?!?!”
It could be the drag of getting ready for school in the morning, bedtime battles, putting their shoes on, fussy eating, homework blues, picking up the toys (or not!), bath-time refusal, allergy to chores.

Join one of our favourite MummyCon Mentors, Robin Grille, as he answers all our questions about “Can I really get my child motivated? Am I missing something...? How on earth do I get my kid to so stuff?!” 


3:30PM AMANDA DONNET
"MUMMY HAS BIG FEELINGS TODAY"
dEALING WITH ANGER AND RAGE IN MOTHERHOOD

Have you ever felt that unexpected white-hot anger that explodes out of you like a volcano? It feels wild - unpredictable, uncontrollable, and unwanted! It pulls you away from being the parent you want to be.  This rage leaves you feeling guilty and ashamed so you dare not speak its name.

We’ll talk about healthy vs unhealthy anger and the primal purpose that anger serves.  We’ll explore the triggers that elicit rage - helping you to figure out when and why it’s likely to strike.  We’ll discuss practical strategies for keeping it together and tips for bouncing back for those times when it falls apart. And most of all, Amanda will reassure you that those big feelings in motherhood are normal.


3:30pm lael stone
"birth trauma"
Healing from a traumatic birth for mum, partner and babY

In Australia, around 1 in 3 women experience birth trauma and quite often it is not spoken about or acknowledged. Birth Trauma can have an ongoing impact on the mothering journey, as well as impacting a woman's relationship and sense of self. 

Lael will explore what birth trauma can look like for Mum, her partner and baby, how we can come to terms with birth trauma and what steps you take to create healing for you and your family. Lael will also discuss what supports are available for subsequent births and how we can help babies and toddlers heal from birth trauma and stress.