Seminars

Our seminars are led by local experts and focus on topics related to pregnancy, labor & delivery, newborns & infants, and the transition to parenthood. Sessions are typically 30 to 45 minutes long. We also have demonstrations throughout the day

 

> 10:15AM
Breastfeeding and Family Support
Co-Presented by Jeff Sarabok, RN, MBA, and Jen Sarabok, MA 
Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank

Often times breastfeeding is thought of as a bond just between mom and baby, but in reality, breastfeeding is a special time for the entire family. Join Jeff (RN, MBA) and Jen (MA) Sarabok for a seminar on the importance and involvement of dads, partners, grandparents, and other family members as breastfeeding support. Understand the role of a breastfeeding advocate, learn the benefits, how to prepare, where and when to seek help, and leave with practical tips for everyday support. Jeff has extensive experience in healthcare administration, is a nurse manager for St. Clair Medical Services, and is the current President of the Board of Directors at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. Jen teaches psychology and child development as an assistant professor at Butler County Community College and successfully breast-fed both of her children beyond their first year of life, while also balancing her career.

> 10:30AM
Your Newborn from Birth to Reality
Presented by Bruce Hyde, MD 
Pediatric Alliance – North Hills Division

What sorts of decisions should you be making before baby even arrives? How can you prepare? Gain insight into topics like choosing a healthcare provider, infant feeding, recognizing normal vs. abnormal newborn behavior, and deciding whether or not to circumcise your baby boy. In this seminar with Dr. Hyde, attendees will walk through a variety of realistic topics and options, with the goal of becoming informed, aware, and prepared to address them as they come.

> 10:45AM
Traveling with Babies and Toddlers
Presented by Mary Yohannan, CTA 
Life is Better Traveling

It’s time for a family vacation…and you have little ones to bring along. Fear not, Mary Yohannan, CTA, expert family travel agent, will provide ways to diminish stress and help parents carefully plan and prepare for a great trip. In this seminar, learn how to walk the tightrope between keeping your children occupied and avoiding overstimulation, and what to do if your child should get sick while you’re away. With Mary’s simple tips and tricks, you will have what you need to enjoy a family trip away. Mary built her business on her own personal travel experiences to over 20 countries and 4 continents and is a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) with the Travel Institutes.

> 11:30AM
Involving Your Birth Partner
Presented by Michelle Zoric Chenevert, BCCE
Strong Births

Naturally, most of the focus in getting ready for childbirth is on the mama-to-be, but birth partners can also benefit from becoming prepared as the due date approaches. In this seminar, Michelle Zoric Chenevert, BCCE will share ideas on how birth partners can be involved throughout pregnancy, take an active role in the delivery room, provide postpartum support, and bond with baby. Michelle is a birth doula, certified through BirthWorks International, has two Master’s degrees, and has completed Spinning Babies training. Gain insight into the birth partner perspective and become educated on how, when, and what support they can provide for mom and baby.

> 12:00PM
The First Year of Sleep
Presented by Meredith Webb
Little Snoozers, LLC

While sleep itself is a natural process, developing healthy sleep habits is a learned skill. This seminar is designed to help parents of infants and toddlers form healthy and lasting sleep habits, ultimately giving the entire family the sleep they need. Meredith Webb will explain the ABC’s of safe sleep and its importance, walk through how sleep habits change as babies grow, provide information on sleep schedules and the 4-month “sleep regression”, and teach parents about infant sleep and how to lay a strong foundation at home. Meredith is certified through the Family Sleep Institute and she and the Little Snoozers team are dedicated to providing personalized sleep plans and one-on-one support to help each family achieve their sleep goals.

> 12:45PM
Infant and Toddler Developmental Milestones
Presented by Brooke Dorsch
Pediatric Therapy Professionals, Inc.

What physical, emotional, behavioral, and mental developmental milestones should you be aware of as a new parent? What if your child needs extra support to reach them? Speech and Language Pathologist, Brooke Dorsch, will explain various developmental milestones between birth and three years old. In this seminar, learn about the red flags that may indicate a developmental delay, ask questions, obtain information on Early Intervention, a free program that helps to assist children in reaching these milestones, and understand the process involved. Brooke has been working as a Speech Therapist in Early Intervention for 12 years, acts as the Director of Community Outreach for PTP, and coaches families on the best strategies to use with their children to foster language and other areas of development.

> 1:00PM
Homemade Baby Food Basics
Presented by Julie Johnson  
Vitamix

Preparing homemade baby food can be intimidating for new parents and may appear to be time consuming and labor intensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Join Julie Johnson from Vitamix for a seminar filled with simple recipes and techniques for healthy homemade baby food, including some useful Vitamix techniques. Understand the benefits of fresh foods for your baby, learn how to store the purees you make, and receive tips on introducing solids to your little one.

> 1:15PM
Setting Yourself Up for Breastfeeding Success
Presented by Brian W. Donnelly, MD, IBCLC
Pediatric Alliance – North Hills Division

Discover why breastfeeding is worthwhile and learn how to maximize your chances of success in this seminar. Dr. Donnelly will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding for baby, such as protection from illness and a lower risk of SIDS, ear infections, and other health-related issues, as well as the benefits for mom, including bonding with baby, postpartum healing, and decreased risk of certain types of cancer.  Acquire strategies and practical applications for creating a positive breastfeeding experience for both mom and baby.