On The Day

Our inaugural event in Manchester on Thursday 6th October 2016 was a one day conference, led by parents and healthcare professionals, to explore expectations and evidence around the early days with baby.


9:00am – Doors Open

Registration, Refreshments

Refreshments supported by Yogabellies

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A chance to chat with our Oak Sponsors and Sapling Exhibitors

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10:00am – Welcome

Helen Calvert, heartmummy connection


10:05am – Understanding Me

Because understanding ourselves is the first step

Gail Allan, Family Links


10:40am – Understanding Baby

Because babies have a lot to tell us! What do they expect? How do they behave? What is ‘normal’ sleep & how can we learn to meet their needs?

Professor Mary Nolan, University of Worcester and the International Journal of Birth & Parenting Education

Professor Helen Ball, Parent-Infant Sleep Lab and Infant Sleep Information Source, University of Durham



11:50am – Break

Refreshments, a chance to chat with our Exhibitors

Refreshments supported by Birthrights



12:10pm – Breakout sessions Round 1

Discussions on infant feeding, perinatal mental health, doula care, babywearing and what happens when there is an added challenge to the parenting journey, such as premature birth or child ill health?

Upon booking your ticket you will be able to choose which breakout sessions you would like to attend – you will be able to choose 2 out of the 6 available.

Breakout sessions supported by:

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1:00pm – Lunch

Buffet lunch, a chance to chat with our Exhibitors

Lunch supported by Babistic Baby and You



2:00pm – Breakout sessions Round 2



3:00pm – Understanding Us

Because relationships are affected by the arrival of a new baby. How can we best approach these new challenges?

Stephen Bell, Best Beginnings


4:00pm – Q&A, panel discussion

4:30pm – Closing Remarks

Vanessa Aparicio-Hancox, Family Landscapes

Collect your Kindness Bags full of goodies and further information!