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Kilmore’s pregnancy and post-birth expo a success

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Three Mitchell Shire-based health practitioners last month hosted the Pregnancy and Post Birth Expo in Kilmore, connecting women with specialist services.

The free event on July 15 welcomed 200 attendees, mostly women pre-conception, during their pregnancy or post-birth, to the Kilmore Memorial Hall.

Facilitators Kasey Chalmers, Shea Vincent and Sally Freeman organised 20 stall holders to showcase their products and services to attendees, including a sleep specialist, lactation consultant, newborn photographer, pregnancy massage and toy library.

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“Something we’ve certainly noticed, which has been highlighted since COVID, is women aren’t really getting adequate postpartum care, and they’re discharged from hospital really early postpartum,” Ms Vincent said.

“In terms of support with breastfeeding and sleep, they’re just not getting it. It’s a really isolating time, and they are struggling to find their village.

“Essentially, we wanted to bring their village to them.”

The expo acted as a one-stop-shop for women and families, emphasising not only newborn care but physical and mental maternal health.

“Women are discharged home a day or two after having their baby, and you really see with any postpartum care, the emphasis turns to the bub – which is completely understandable – but there’s very little follow up with the mother,” Ms Vincent said.

“We are all so passionate about improving physical and mental health outcomes for pregnant and post-partum women.”
Event organisers hope the expo will become an annual event and are looking to branch into the Macedon Ranges Shire and City of Whittlesea.

People who would like more information or to be involved with the expo can email organisers at pregnancybirthexpo@gmail.com or visit @pregnancypostbirthexpo on Instagram.

Find specialists and other businesses who attended the expo:

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