Baby and Bump FairFREE event on Saturday, 6 August
9.30am to 4.30pm
Academy of Woodlands, Gillingham

Put the date in your diary! The Baby and Bump Fair is coming to The Academy of Woodlands, Gillingham on Saturday 6 August. Don’t miss out on a fun day out for expectant parents, Mums with newborns, as well as family and friends.

Pregnancy, baby and parenting experts will be on hand to answer all your questions, from how to make sure your baby is sleeping safely, to help with teething and advice on breastfeeding, as well as introducing first foods.

Join live talks from guest speakers including TV presenter and journalist Kate Quilton, mum and baby fitness gurus Sweaty Mama and food and nutrition expert Dr Nazanin Zand.

Fun and friendly workshops will give you the chance to try out baby yoga and baby massage, breathing and positions for birth, a relaxed fitness session for you and your newborn and lots more! There’ll be helpful demonstrations and the chance to ask the experts for one-to-one advice.

Register your interest

Registration for the Baby and Bump Fair is now open! To register for your FREE place.

Event details

9.30am

Workshop B
Pre and postnatal yoga breathing
Amanda Mitchell, A Better Medway, Medway Council Public Health

10.00 am

Welcome
Speaker: Dr Nazanin Zand, University of Greenwich

10.30am

Talk
Getting breastfeeding off to a good start
Speaker: Emma Pickett, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

10.30am

Workshop B
Baby yoga with Jess

11am

Talk
People you’ll meet during your antenatal and postnatal journey
Speaker: Hayley Clinton, Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife, Medway Maritime Hospital

11 am

Workshop A
Breastfeeding myths and truths, plus a fun quiz!
Speaker: Emma Pickett, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

11am

Workshop B
Baby massage
Adult Education, Medway Council

11.30am

Workshop A
Your questions answered! Beyond 6 months: teething, solids and breastfeeding
Hannah Croft, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

11.30am

Workshop B
Parent and baby fitness class
Angela from Sweaty Mama Medway

12 noon

Talk
Join TV celebrity Kate Quilton for a talk on her research into breastfeeding
Kate Quilton, TV celebrity and presenter

1pm

Talk
Introduction to hypnobirthing
Speaker: Sara Cottenden, Midwife, Medway Maritime Hospital 

1pm

Workshop B
Baby Massage

1.30pm

Talk
Breastfeeding positioning and attachment
Speakers: Senab Idris, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Sue Ward, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Medway Community Healthcare

1.30pm

Workshop A
Hypnobirthing taster session
Speaker: Sara Cottenden, Midwife, Medway Maritime Hospital

2pm

Talk
The importance of seeking breast feeding support
Speakers: Judianne Sherrell and Aishah Safdar, Breastfeeding Councillors, National Childbirth Trust  

2pm

Workshop B
Looking after your pelvic floor
Speaker: Becky McDonald, The Body Coaches

2.30pm

Workshop A
Taster peer support session with the National Childbirth Trust
Speaker: Judianne Sherrell and Aishah Safdar, Breastfeeding Councillors, National Childbirth Trust

3pm

Talk
Introducing to first foods, breastfeeding and nursing manners
Speaker: Hannah Croft, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

3pm

Workshop B
Parent and baby fitness class
Angela from Sweaty Mama Medway

3.30pm

Talk
Safe sleep for babies 
Speaker: Liz Gale, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Greenwich

Kate QuiltonKate Quilton

Kate Quilton is a journalist, producer and presenter. She is currently filming ‘Food Unwrapped’, a Channel 4 series which investigates the science and provenance of food and recently fronted a spin off series called ‘Food Unwrapped Investigates’. Kate has also fronted ‘How To Beat…’  a health series for Channel 4. Her other credits include ‘Animal Rescue Live’, ‘Superfoods’, ‘Tricks of the Restaurant Trade’, ‘Be Your Own Doctor’ and ‘The Shopper's Guide to Saving Money’.

When Kate had her first baby, she fronted two high profile Dispatches, the first around breastfeeding looking into why Britain has the lowest number of babies breastfed in the world, and then followed up by ‘The Great Formula Milk Scandal’. Kate has also fronted ‘The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken’ around Brexit and the issue of the US chlorinating their chicken.

Emma PickettEmma Pickett

Emma first qualified as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011, after qualifying as a breastfeeding counsellor in 2007.  Her book, “You’ve Got It In You: a positive guide to breastfeeding” was followed by “The Breast Book: a puberty guide with a difference – it’s the when, why and how of breasts”. Her third book, “Breastfeeding past the first six months and beyond: a guide for professionals and parents” was published in April 2022. Her articles have been featured in print and online including on the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative website. You can find her on Twitter as @makesmilk and on Instagram as @emmapickettibclc, or at www.emmapickettbreastfeedingsupport.com. She lives in North London and is a mother of two.

Hannah CroftHannah Croft

Before having my own children, I trained and worked as a Nanny and as part of a Children’s Centre team. I experienced breastfeeding difficulties with both of my children and it really highlighted to me why skilled and evidence-based feeding support is vital for families. I volunteered as a Peer Supporter and then a Breastfeeding Counsellor while accruing the clinical hours and studying in order to apply to sit the exam to become an IBCLC. 

Liz Gale

Dr Liz Gale is an experienced midwife who worked for 15 years within clinical practice before moving into the University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer in midwifery. Having previously worked within the hospital and community, much of this time as a caseloading midwife, she worked for two years as a Sure Start midwife, focussing on young families from a more disadvantaged area. As a lecturer, Liz teaches primarily on the undergraduate midwifery programme and has a particular interest in early parenthood and infant feeding.

The BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme is a three year undergraduate programme which leads to registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and an academic degree. The programme involves 50% theoretical input and assessment and 50%  time within clinical placements, both hospital and community. Student midwives work alongside qualified midwives in all local NHS Trusts where they are a valuable support to women and their families.

Judianne Sherrell (NCT)

I’m an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor, qualifying in 2007. I facilitate breastfeeding workshops within the NCT Antenatal Course as well as introducing solid food workshops. I have trained Peer Supporters in order to promote a proactive support network, protect breastfeeding and empower families through a person-centred approach.   I am passionate about the importance of ensuring families remain at the centre of their feeding decisions and breastfeeding journeys and access the support they may need. 

Aishah Safdar (NCT)

I trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with NCT over 10 years ago and have since been able to provide many women and their families with the much-needed support during their feeding journey. I have also gone on to support colleagues through assessing, supervision and moderating, as well as delivering peer support training. What I value the most is enabling and empowering mothers to trust themselves in making the right decisions in their feeding journey.

Outside of NCT I am currently the Chair of Governors at my local primary school, a fitness instructor,  personal trainer and therapeutic counsellor, providing counselling for the NHS as well as a charity supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Dr Nazanin Zand

Dr. Nazanin Zand is an internationally acclaimed expert on infant nutrition. Dr. Zand has published a number of seminal papers in peer reviewed journals relating to her work on food and nutrition including “Eating Well: first year of life Practical guide” published by the Caroline Walker Trust and “Baby food in the UK” by First Step Nutrition. Dr Zand's research has also been referenced in Public Health England (2019) rapid scoping review examining the role and impact of commercial baby foods and drinks on the diets of children aged 4 months.

Dr. Zand is also passionate about early life nutrition and actively participates in initiatives with a focus on tackling childhood obesity from a whole system perspective.