Guest Speakers

photo of Catherine CervasioCatherine Cervasio

  • Dip Arom.,
  • Infant massage instructor,
  • Presenter,
  • Freelance writer,
  • Organic baby skincare pioneer.

Catherine Cervasio holds a Diploma in Aromatherapy and Massage, has trained as an Infant Massage Instructor and is the Founder of Aromababy - the world's first natural baby skincare to focus on combining neonatal research with the use of organic ingredients. Catherine has been working in the area of natural skin care product development for close to twenty years with the past sixteen of those at the helm of her own enterprise (now known as Aluxe Pty. Ltd.).

Catherine has enjoyed an active interest in health and natural therapies for more than 20 years. She has appeared on numerous television programs, has been a presenter for Kids Life TV and Room to Grow and is a strong supporter of various women's and children's charities.

Catherine is also a regular speaker and educator on organics, baby massage and natural baby care. She is the author of numerous published articles on natural health and wellness, including in Asia, USA, UK and Australia. |

photo of Carolyn WestallCarolyn Westall

  • PhD, MPH, Grad Dip Child & Family Health, RM, RN,
  • Maternal child health nurse,
  • Midwife, Peace of Mind Parenting Support

Carolyn is a midwife with over twenty years experience, and a maternal and child health nurse with ten years experience. She has worked in both Australia and the United States and has assisted families with complex needs in her job as a maternal and child health nurse working in outreach, and in her support groups for women with adjustment difficulties and postnatal depression.

Carolyn pioneered a postnatal depression support group in 2001, and has run groups at maternal and child health centres, local churches, and living and learning centres. She has supported over one hundred women through her groups and has run support groups for the dads.

Founder of the Sue Evans fund for families. Sue, Carolyn's sister, tragically died in the Black Saturday bushfires, along with Sue's partner, Bob O'Sullivan, Sue's son, Jon, and Jon's mates, Haydn and Kaya. The bushfires were the worst in Australia's history, and have had a devastating impact on our community. Sue's charity will assist families who are struggling or need additional support.

The funding will help to reduce and prevent postnatal depression through the parents' well-being groups in Melbourne, and will also co-fund a book on traumatic grief to be written by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement to assist people in their recovery from the Black Saturday bushfires. Carolyn has written a book on Motherhood and postnatal depression soon to be published by Springer. |

photo of Dr Carrie Ann GallagherDr Carrie Ann Gallagher

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (USA),
  • B. H S (Canada),
  • Certified Clinical Chiropractic Paediatrics C.C.C.P., Being Well Health Care

Dr. Carrie Ann Gallagher is committed to serving all people with low force chiropractic care throughout their lifetime. She specializes in pregnant woman and children. Dr. Gallagher is committed to educating each person to the benefits of chiropractic care and helping them to achieve optimal health throughout their life.

She serves the community with the highest quality family chiropractic care so that each person may realize their full human potential. Dr. Carrie Ann Gallagher has attended many seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia. She is a natural born communicator and educator.

photo of Alessandra EdwardsAlessandra Edwards

  • BA (Hons),
  • ADV DIP (NAT),
  • Certified Yoga Teacher,
  • Certified Hypnobirthing Educator,
  • Certified AYUR Counsellor

Founder of Total Birthing, a fully accredited fertility, pregnancy and birthing clinic in Bayside, Alessandra is also a qualified Naturopath, Yoga teacher, and HypnoBirthing educator.

With over eight years' experience in the natural health industry, both in Australia and the UK, Alessandra is passionate about optimising women's physical and mental health for a truly exhilarating birth experience.

Many studies have now demonstrated that hypnobirthing and optimal nutrition before and during pregnancy can be a deciding factor in achieving an easy and comfortable birth and a quick recovery, leading to a happy, healthy baby.

The unique Total Birthing program combines hypnobirthing with the latest nutritional research and traditional knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda, to help you achieve a wonderful, calm and exhilarating birth.

photo of Loren TairiLoren Tairi

Loren Tairi is a Human Resources Specialist for one of Australia's most diversified construction and Engineering companies.

Loren became pregnant with her first child at the age of 28 and worked fulltime up to 34.5 weeks. Throughout her pregnancy, Loren continued in her position of HR Specialist - Southern Region, responsible for over 320 staff and had two employees reporting directly to her.

Loren travelled interstate at least once a month, presenting and attending departmental meetings.

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