Those comments were echoed by Hayden, who said the more information they received, and the more in-depth it was, the more they were filled with confidence.
He also welcomed the chance to share their experience with other parents going through the same journey in the NICU.
"For us, it was a matter of time for James to develop and gain weight, and on some occasions, it felt like Groundhog Day and was very tough mentally," he said.
"The best day of our lives was driving home - the three of us, and we are now enjoying normal parent activities, and just being together."
The seminar was also addressed by leading neonatal paediatrician Professor Lex Doyle, who discussed the latest research trends for babies born early and their long term health outcomes.
The event was the first public seminar hosted by the Women and Babies Research group. It investigates factors linked to pregnancy problems such as preterm birth, diabetes and hypertension with the aim of ensuring all babies have the best chance of a healthy start to life.
Further information and free educational material can be found at www.everyweekcounts.com.au