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9.00 - 9.30

Registration and morning coffee.

9.35 - 10.30 Keynote

Birth: Myths vs Reality
Our opening panel explores five 'truths' about childbirth which the Mumsnet community reckon mightn't really be truths at all. In this myth-busting session, our panel of hand-picked experts – which include an obstetrician, a doula, a midwife and a scientific journalist – sort the facts from the fluff: forget what you've read – here's the truth about birth from those in the know.
Speakers include: Dr Penelope Law, Mars Lord, Linda Geddes, Jenny Fraser, Sally Peck and Olivia Robinson

10.30 - 11.00

Morning break

1st Morning breakout: 11.00 - 11.45

Please choose one session to attend

1. Breastfeeding: what you need to know
Most mothers want to breastfeed their babies – but many have worries about what to do if it doesn’t go smoothly. This masterclass covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding, and aims to leave you feeling informed, empowered and reassured. Heather Welford will tackle a few myths and misunderstandings, with the focus on making feeding – whether it be breast, formula, or a combination of the two – a happy and rewarding experience for both of you.

2. Baby First Aid: be prepared – Provided by British Red Cross
In a typical year, up to half of infants under 12 months will attend hospital. Bumps and falls are inevitable – and thankfully most aren't serious – but it is important that you know what to do if you find yourself in an emergency. This need-to-know session, led by Tracey Taylor, will teach you simple life-saving techniques – and give you the opportunity to practice the skills as you learn, so you'll feel more confident should you need to use them in real life.

3. New dads: a survival guide
Author and journalist Rob Kemp leads this breakout session on the experience of becoming a dad for the first time. What are dads-to-be expecting life with a baby to be like – and (crucially) how does this match the reality? How to juggle the demands of new fatherhood with work? What does it take to be a 'hands-on dad’? This session will cover the basics: from how to engage and play with a new baby, to the essential everyday acts that strengthen the father-child relationship, and put the fun in fatherhood.

4. Bonding: back to basics
Babies thrive when they feel bonded with a reliable and loving adult. This session will tackle the big bonding questions, and help you create a deeply secure relationship with your brand new baby – even if you didn't experience a brilliant parental bond yourself. Kitty Hagenbach will speak about the many aspects of bonding, empowering parents to find the tools to bond with their baby – even in difficult circumstances.

2nd Morning breakout: 11.50 - 12.30

Please choose one session to attend

1. You help to build your baby’s brain with Penelope Leach
The development of your baby's brain in the early years is influenced by genetics – but it can also be stimulated by the intensely loving relationship that develops between the two of you. Find out how to encourage the neural development and behavioural patterns of your baby by maximising the bond you share – with one of the most respected parenting voices of our time.

2. The Business of parenting
If you are anxious about how to keep your career on track during maternity leave, this is the session for you. Join career expert and mum Zena Everett for advice about how to approach your career break, and stay connected to your working life in the weeks and months after giving birth. Packed with informative tips about how to keep your mind sharp and your confidence in tact, this informative session will provide invaluable advice on everything from maintaining a fantastic CV to keeping networked during maternity leave as well as providing helpful insights about preparing to re-enter the workplace. Zena will be joined by Aldi buying director and working mum, Katy Patterson, who will offer some personal tips on how it's done, and introduce the Mamia Baby range.

3. Baby First Aid: be prepared – Provided by British Red Cross
This is a repeat of the 11am session.

4. Breastfeeding: what you need to know
This is a repeat of the 11am session.

12.30 - 2.00


2.00 - 2.45 Keynote

Sleep: a masterclass
Sleep – a vanishing resource, at least in the first few months after birth. Andrea Grace – health visitor, nurse, and mother of four – knows a fair bit about babies and sleep, and in this keynote session she'll explore your expectations, and guide you through the realities, leaving you much more prepared for when your baby is born. How does baby sleep differ from adult sleep? What's a 'normal' amount of sleep for a newborn? When will they sleep through the night? And what can you do if your baby won’t sleep? Our sleep masterclass answers your questions.

Afternoon breakout - 2.50 - 3.35

Please choose one session to attend

1. Attachment parenting – what is it, and is it for me?
Michelle Mattesini & Michael Brown lead this introduction to the fundamentals of attachment parenting, and how it might benefit both parent and child. Discover the thinking behind attachment theory, and how it can be adapted to suit the realities of modern parenting – bed-sharing, baby-wearing and breastfeeding will be discussed as 'tools, not rules'. Find out more about the principles of positive discipline, from toddler to teen – and how to bring balance and authenticity to the loving intensity of parenthood.

2. A flexible routine – sounds contradictory, but it works
This session will explain the benefits of routine – but give you the tools to know when to chillax. Acclaimed maternity nurse Rachel Waddilove will look at why a flexible routine can be beneficial to both babies and parents – in the early days, and as your baby grows – helping you develop a structured but relaxed parenting style which fits the natural patterns of both babies and parents.

3. Breastfeeding: What you need to know
This is a repeat of the 11am session

4. Baby First Aid: be prepared – Provided by British Red Cross
This is a repeat of the 11am session.

3.35 - 4.00

Afternoon break

4.00 - 4.45 Keynote

After the apocalypse: what to expect in the weeks following birth
You've given birth – now what? There's an amazing journey ahead, but many new parents report feeling completely unprepared for what happens when they return home with a new baby; having focused so hard on birth, they're not prepped for the reality of the first weeks with a brand new (and pretty demanding) human being. Our panel – ranging from scientists, to parenting experts, to been-there mothers – share their wisdom on how to cope with the few weeks of parenthood: sleep (or lack of it), feeding, when to have visitors, family and relationship expectations, PND, your body after birth, and more. Our panel includes Dr. Pixie McKenna, Jane Gentle, Rebecca Schiller, Alison Wall, and will be chaired by broadcaster Kate Silverton

4.45 - 5.00 Keynote

Bump then Grind
We’re delighted to welcome acclaimed comedian Lucy Porter to Bumpfest, to entertain us with her wry perspectives on birth, babies, parenthood and everything in between.

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