Lunch Out Loud for Postnatal Depression

This year, the annual Out & About Baby Lunch Out Loud is bigger and better than ever.  With a festive Italian feast that even Sophia Loren would be proud of, there’s no better way to spend a day than with your mum friends all while raising money and awareness for a good cause.

Hosted by Laura Ruston, Founder of The Out & About Baby Company, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to PANDA, in support of Australian families experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety.

Wednesday 25th October 2017

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Below, a preview of the feast, details of the cause and our lunching mum approved-outfit edit to get you on your way.

Ticket includes: 

  • A beautiful and abundant lunch at Fratelli Fresh Entertainment Quarter
  • Out & About Baby Swag Bag filled with goodies that are essential for motherhood
  • Portion of proceeds will be donated to Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) which supports women, men and families across Australia.
  • Plus a few more surprises you won’t want to miss…


The Cause

The best part of buying a ticket is that a percentage of the proceeds supports PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia.

Each year in Australia, 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 10 men experience postnatal anxiety and depression.

When anxiety or depression begins sometime in the year after birth it is referred to as postnatal anxiety or postnatal depression. It can be a frightening and isolating experience as parents try to deal with their symptoms at the same time as needing to care for a new baby, and sometimes other children as well.

Everyday, all around the world, there are parents who are struggling with their emotional health. Pregnancy and parenthood is a period of great change and it is common to experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative in response to these changes.

It is really difficult to learn how to be a parent, and extremely difficult adjusting to the needs and behaviours of a new baby. Especially when you are feeling sore, exhausted and perhaps even distressed by your birth experience.

If you are struggling to understand your thoughts or feelings and it is affecting your day-to-day activities, it is important to seek support and understand why it is that you feel this way.

Out & About Baby Fratelli Fresh


The Food

Fratelli Fresh is where great conversation joins together with delicious food and wine to create “gioie della tavola” (“the joys of the table”). You will be wined and dined over an abundant and delicious lunch that even Mr DaVinci himself would be impressed with. The flavours are simple and big, the portions are generous, and the menu is extensive.

The Babysitting

Bring your little one along tooUpswing will be providing professional childcare and activities for children 6 weeks to 6 years old on the day.

Spaces are limited, so please reserve your child’s place at the same time as booking your ticket. Spots are $10per child and they must have their place booked and confirmed prior to the event.

Young babies who will happily sit on your lap are welcome to stay with you.


Laura Ruston, Out & About Baby

Out & About Baby began with Laura’s search for clean baby change rooms in locations that served really good coffee and avo toast.  For the answer, she travelled far and wide, drank a lot of coffee, changed a lot of nappies, breastfed in lots of strange places and talked endlessly to her mothers’ group.  On any given day, she is discovering, reviewing and approving the best of the best when it comes to going out with your baby.

Jen Hamilton, WotBaby

Jen is a mum to 3 kids, and has over 27 years experience as a mothercraft nurse. After having worked for both Karitan and Tresillian she has since gone on to launch WotBaby and helped thousands of families learn to adapt to life as a new parent.

Alison Rice, POPSUGAR Australia

Alison is the Group Publisher of some of our favourite dot com destinations: POPSUGAR AustraliaWho What Wear AustraliaByrdie Australia and MyDomaine Australia. So she basically runs 30% of this country’s internet as we know it.  She’s an industry heavyweight who’s garnered herself quite the reputation – but only the positive kind – for being a real girl’s girl; helping other women succeed and supporting them until they they reach their full potential.

The Dress Code

The nature of Italian feasts can mean a sartorial free-for-all, meaning you can play it fast and loose with hemlines, necklines, and prints and still fit right in. The one thing that’s non-negotiable? Keep it comfortable. Because what modern mum has the time to worry about aching blisters and jackets that don’t let you pick up a toddler.

Take inspiration from the stylists at Casa Boheme who have exclusively selected a few key Out & About Baby approved outfits for some extra inspiration.

Out & About Baby Casa Boheme

Dress: Spell Designs $320.00, Top: Zimmerman $450.00, Jeans: Current Elliot $299.00, Bag: Antik Batik $369.00

Further Reading

POPSUGAR is one of our favourite websites to get lost down a deep celeb stalking hole… without feeling like we have compromised our intelligence. And the new section dedicated to all things parenting is on point. They also regularly fuel my obsession with Chrissy Teigen with stories like “18 times Chrissy Teigen was literally every Mum“.


Space is limited, so click here to secure a place at the table now. 


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Laura Ruston

Mum to Harvey. Wife to Dave. Founder of MUMOKI. Art lover, design obsessed, lipstick hoarder.