Meet Our Experts
Tips for happy breastfeeding
Nicola O’Byrne, winner of Friends of Breastfeeding, Health Care Professional of the Year Award in 2017, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, who runs breastfeeding classes as well as private consultations. As an IBCLC, Cuidiú Breastfeeding Counsellor and a neonatal/paediatric nurse, she takes great pleasure in helping mothers and babies get breastfeeding off to a good start and she is well placed to help when they need to overcome any hurdles. The talk will cover avoiding & overcoming common obstacles and there’ll be time for a Q&A afterwards.
This is a very important topic for many parents in Ireland right now. Do you wish you knew more about choices and alternatives within the Irish Education system? Cllr Pauline O'Reilly has a wealth of experience and knowledge that can help to inform parents interested in finding out options for their children's education. Pauline, a Green Party representative, has been involved in the opening of Educate Together and Steiner schools and was also previously the Chairperson of the Irish Home Education Network. She is a fantastic advocate for parents and children alike. Drop into her talk if you'd like to hear more about this hot topic.
HAVing A POSITIVE BIRTH
Sarah Flynn from Relax, Balance, Birth will be talking about roadmaps for a positive birth. Sarah is a certified GentleBirth Instructor and also a qualified Microcurrent Therapist. GentleBirth has all the information you need to prepare for a positive birth experience – with or without an epidural. It helps parents feel calm and more confident, looking forward to the birth of their baby! Knowledge is empowerment and being in control of the decision making during pregnancy and birth is crucial. The talk will include hands on tips for a positive birth and practical ways to get the best experience for you and your baby on the day.
Irish Red Cross
Infant First Aid for Parents
This demonstration is designed to help teach parents how to deal with something that plays on many peoples minds. If you're little one ever needed help would you know what to do? Experienced representatives from the Irish Red Cross will be with us to demonstrate saving a choking baby, the recovery position for an infant and more useful practical information for infant first aid.
Maternal Mental Health
Mental health is something we all have like physical health and we should take steps to look after it in the same way we look after our physical health. It is estimated that one in four people in Ireland will experience some mental health problems during their lifetime, ranging from a low or sad periods to mental health illnesses like depression. Amnesty International Ireland research states more than 70% of participants concealed their mental health struggles from others. This talk will be given by a representative from Nurture Health who are experts on all mental health and positive emotional well being areas in everything surrounding conception, infertility, pregnancy, loss, childbirth and motherhood.
Using a baby sling or carrier is compatible with any parenting style or philosophy. Babywearing Ireland will be showing the different sling types, how they're used and demonstrating their benefits. The use of baby slings/carriers, known as babywearing, is beneficial for both children and caregivers. Using a sling makes things easier for parents, and helps to promote normal physical, emotional & mental development in babies and children. Baby slings /carriers are powerful tools, helping to meet a child’s needs whilst also getting day-to-day activities done.
Cloth Nappy Library
Eco Conscious Parenting - INTRO TO Cloth nappIES
Not only can cloth nappies can save huge money over time, they are far better for the environment and they are better for baby's health and comfort. The Cloth Nappy Library Ireland will be providing demonstrations of nappy types, showcasing the types of loan kits that can be availed of, and have a Q&A session afterwards. Cloth Nappies are definitely worth a try and there is little to lose when you can borrow nappies at a low cost from the library
Safety in the home
Niamh English from National Poisons Information Centre will be giving a talk about safety at home. Home is a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family. Of course, accidents can happen, and there will be minor scrapes and bruises along the way, especially as kids grow and discover new things. And that’s OK. The problem is the more serious injuries that are often completely preventable. In this talk, you’ll learn about all the things you can do to help ensure that your kids get the freedom that comes from being active, healthy and safe at home. There are a few things to think about in terms of potential dangers, but don’t worry, with our safety tips, you’ll be sure to help keep your baby happy and safe.