There will be FREE educational seminars on many different topics relating to a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby running on both days of the Portland Mom & Baby Expo. Some seminars will be located in the Classroom (from the lobby, take the flight of stairs up one level. Stroller Parking is available) The Maine Stage Seminars are located on the stage in the back righthand corner of the Expo floor. Click here for the full schedule.
Saturday, May 5th Classroom Seminars:
10:30 – 11:15 am – Breastpumping 101 with Holly Mielcarz, RN, IBCLC and Director of Education at Acelleron
Bring your questions! Holly will cover all aspects of breast pumps, pumping to increase supply and pumping and going back to work. She’s happy to answer any and all questions.
11:30 – 12:15pm – Why Sleep Training Fails with Jessica Begley of The Baby Sleep Geek
Stop spending your money on sleep books, Googling “4 month sleep regression”, and dodging advice from well-meaning family and friends. Join Jessica Begley, MPH, Maine’s only FSI certified infant and child sleep consultant and owner of The Baby Sleep Geek to learn how to avoid common sleep training pitfalls. Explore how to create a well thought out, customized sleep training plan that aligns with your parenting philosophy and builds, not breaks down, the family connection.
Saturday, May 5th Maine Stage Seminars:
10:30 – 11:15am Mom & Baby Yoga – Connect with your baby and other new moms in the community through Mom and Baby Yoga with Jenn from Jade Integrated Health. Improve mind-body awareness, strength and relaxation as you share the power of breath and gentle yoga postures with your little one. Jenn Gelfand, DPT, CYT (Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor with a specialty in Perinatal Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation) will provide an introduction to Mom and Baby Yoga and discussion on how to implement yoga into your daily life at home and while caring for your baby. Mom and Baby Yoga classes focus on breathing techniques to calm you and your baby, gentle baby massage/stretches, as well as yoga poses for mom. Special attention is given to the realignment of your body and relief of discomfort that can be caused by poor posture while feeding, changing, lifting and carrying your baby. Jenn will offer tips on how to keep your baby engaged during yoga as well as how to implement breath and optimal body mechanics during baby care tasks to keep you feeling your best.