Welcome to The Baby Manual! Learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

We’ve assembled experts across all sorts of pregnancy and baby-related fields - obstetrics, paediatrics, sleep psychology, nutrition, psychology, infant massage, lactation and more.

You’ll find them all in one place, so you can get the information you need, when you need it.

Kate Phillips

Clinical Director

Kate works privately at O&G in North Adelaide and publicly at WCH where she holds a senior position in the Women’s Physiotherapy Unit. Kate has a special interest in women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation.


Dr Anneliese Perkins

Obstetrician & Sonologist

Dr Anneliese Perkins strives to provide compassionate and professional obstetric care for women during pregnancy and childbirth, working with women and their partners to facilitate a successful and enjoyable birth process.


Kelly Ainsley


Baby Sensory provides ideas for creative play, massage, tummy time, movement, and music in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated at home.


Claire Foord


In Australia, Stillbirth is the leading cause of infant death. Many of these deaths are preventable. Still Aware’s mission is to end preventable stillbirth through awareness and education.


Dr Briony Andrew

GP Obstetricians & Lactation Consultant

Her current professional passions are obstetrics and mother-baby care during the first year of life with expertise in the areas of breastfeeding medicine, infant sleep, unsettled infant behaviour and maternal anxiety and depression.


St John


St John is a volunteer based organisation run entirely for the wellbeing of the South Australian community. They have kindly helped produce these videos to support new parents with great first aid and CPR information.


Sarah Rist

Sleep Consultant / Registered Midwife

As a qualified child sleep consultants and mother to our her precious little people, Sara brings a wealth of professional skills, knowledge and personal understanding of the many highs and lows that are often associated with being a new parent.


Dr Nathan Judd


As a Specialist Anaesthetist, Nathan Judd is an integral part of the Adelaide Anaesthetic Services team, providing services to around 60,000 people in South Australia’s private hospitals every year.


Brooke Michell


Brooke Michell is passionate about assisting people to bring about positive change in the sleeping patterns of their children, and feels that these changes can be gradual and respectful to both the child and their parents.


Dr Hayley Dohnt

Clinical Psychologist

Hayley is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for many years assessing, treating and researching sleeping problems.


Jodie Benveniste


Jodie combines positive psychology, spirituality and practical experience to guide and mentor parents to get to the true heart of parenting.


Rebecca Sabine


Beck is a Women’s Health and Pelvic floor physiotherapist. Her passion is in helping women with dysfunctions such as incontinence, weakness, prolpase or pain, to regain confidence in their bodies and remain physically active through life.


Dr Chris Hughes

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Dr Chris Hughes is an Obstetrician and a Gynaecologist based in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. He is committed to providing education and support for all his expectant mums.


Dr Paul Lang


Paul has over 15 years’ experience as a consultant paediatrician, largely in private practice in Adelaide. He enjoys immensely the diverse spectrum of general paediatric medicine, ranging from new-born to adolescent care.


Rebecca Brook

Massage Therapist

With many years of experience, Rebecca teaches baby massage, pre and postnatal massage, Aromatherapy and many other specialist services. Recently she has become an acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine specialist.


Dr Anthony Chitti


Anthony has particular interests in childhood learning, developmental and behavioural problems as well as neonatal medicine. He provides neonatal care at Calvary Hospital North Adelaide and Ashford Hospital.


Donna Mansell

Midwife & Lactation Consultant

Donna is the founding Director of MotherNurture and The Baby Manual, offering 16 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse/ Midwife and Lactation Consultant.


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