Why you should attend the Vital Neonatal Conference

Just over a year ago, I started working on The Mom’s Guide – I remember being sick in bed with a bad case of morning sickness that was only worsened by the heat of summer. I worked tirelessly through December, perfecting the concept and sending out proposals to have the backing from brands who I believed shared my passion: making the lives of new parents easier!

Motherhood is overwhelming (AF!) especially in the first year when you’re trying to navigate and adjust to your new role, while your baby grows from a newborn, to rolling over, sitting, crawling and walking. I think one of the toughest parts of parenting is carrying the weight of everyone’s opinions and I feel that the best way to combat this and navigate parenting with confidence is to equip yourself with as much information so that you can make informed decisions, with your baby and YOUR wellbeing in mind.

So, with that being said, I am excited to tell you that the Vital Neonatal Conference is taking place in Port Elizabeth soon, and provides the unique opportunity to new and expecting parents to hear from industry experts, ask questions and meet other parents who you can relate and connect with. “

What can you expect?

There will be numerous opportunities to gain new knowledge, share technical and clinical experiences, network with colleagues, and communicate with industry partners and leading experts in neonatal health and care.

With two days of Powerful accredited educational talks and sessions scheduled from the 1st -2nd of December 2017 Baby Preemie and Me will cater for all Professionals on the 1st and Parents and Carers on the 2nd of December 2017.

The Conference provide a platform for guidance on the best practice and advancements in Neonatal care, Preterm birth and care, Brain and Sensory development, breastfeeding, nutrition for mother and child, the Neuroscience of Zero Separation, Kangaroo care, Newborn Hearing screening and Family-centered care with a pre-conference session on Infection control in the NICU.

For the Baby and Me Parents Day all parents of term and preterm babies, carers pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, parents of multiple birth babies are invited to attend and gain tremendous insight in the advances in the topics listed within and relevant to parents in discharging their responsibilities in caring for their children.

Reasons to attend:

Hear from expert speakers

Dr Jack Newman – Breast Feeding Clinic Founder: Toronto (and Queen’s Jubilee Award recipient)

Dr Nils Bergman (Swedish)- Public Health Physician and Honorary Lecturer at UCT

Judy Moore – NATUS Medical Incorporated – Senior Marketing Manager, Clinical

Mrs Jill Bergman – Author, Producer – specifically in the arena of “Kangaroo Mother Care”

Ms Chantelle Witten – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences at UWC

Get out and meet other moms

Besides being overwhelming, motherhood can seem somewhat lonely, so getting out and meeting other moms who are facing the same challenges and milestones as you, can be one of the best things for the (tired) soul.

Leave with confidence, knowledge and goodie bags!

You’re bound to learn something from the conference and perhaps you’ll make a few new mommy friends too (Come say hi! I will be there too – with Eli!). As if that’s not enough, there will also be rad goodie bags to the value of R1,800 for the first 100 people to register to attend the conference.

Keen on attending? You can register at www.babypreemieandme.com or email: [email protected]. The conference takes place on  Saturday, 2 December at The Protea Marine Hotel from 08:30-2:30. Tickets are R350 and include a goody bag valued at R1800, from the sponsors, tea/coffee on arrival and mid-morning lunch.

I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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