In a world filled with ill-informed advice on social media, midwife Cath Curtin is helping new and expectant mothers to dispel the myths of parenting.
The trusted expert in women’s health — known as Midwife Cath — will head to Shepparton this month for a face-to-face workshop on a regional tour.
The BabyLove Masterclass will be catered to new and expectant parents embarking on the journey ahead from birth to school age.
‘‘We’ll be going back to basics; I’ll talk about why babies don’t sleep, why they do, and if they don’t sleep how to get them back to sleep,’’ Ms Curtin said.
‘‘We’ll talk a lot about play and why it’s really important.’’
The ambassador for BabyLove Nappies said she used a common-sense, practical approach in a face-to-face context, something that was unique since the rise of social media and technology.
‘‘There’s some confusion from conflicting advice,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s so much at hand these days; there’s so many apps and Facebook groups.
‘‘Take a Facebook group for example — they’re closed, you have to be allowed into them and they’re filled with new mothers with no experience.
‘‘They’re all advising each other; it’s the blind leading the blind.’’
Some of Ms Curtin’s top tips for new mums included wrapping babies from birth for all their feeds and sleep and emphasised the importance of feeding.
‘‘Babies need a lot of feeding; when they’re crying people often think it’s for other reasons but they need a lot of food,’’ she said.
The BabyLove Masterclass will feature an information session with Ms Curtin, followed by talking with mums about their issues and a large question and answer session to conclude the day.
‘‘I also like to shape the discussion to suit the attendees on the day — which may include addressing questions about labour and birth to addressing early childhood concerns around bedwetting and toilet training,’’ she said. ‘‘Nothing is off-limits.’’
Ms Curtin has delivered more than 10000 babies during her 43-year career as a trained and fully-qualified nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse.
The Masterclass will be held on June 20 at Quest Shepparton, 177 Welsford St, Shepparton. It costs $100 per person and includes the four-hour workshop from 10am to 2pm, morning tea with Midwife Cath and a gift bag. Babies and prams are welcome. To book, visit www.midwifecath.com.au