Thank you so much to Diary of a new dad for this blog review of his experience of coming along to the last Mantenatal workshop.
Really useful response from the Fatherhood Institute to the media storm about dads and childbirth today.
Further to the research linked to earlier this debate from Five Live this morning really interesting – I really agree with Mark Harris from Birthing For Blokes and Cathy Warwick from the RCM that preparation is key to this – supporting couples antenatally – this is very much my aim too.
I cam across this when preparing for a Water Birth Workshop later in the week – shows how wonderfully dads can support their partners in labour and the clear emotional connection between them.
Interesting article from the papers today – but I think we need to be careful to jump to conclusions this study was not done with women who were in labour and it is not clear if their partners were actually trying to give them support or were just in the room
Really interesting piece about some new research on dads experience of home birth as the author says “the paper makes it very clear just what can be gained by dads when they are able to engage in the journey of birth-giving with their partner”
Sad to hear this bloggers reflections on being ignored by health professionals
Really useful frequently asked questions about dads interacting with their newborn babies.
Really interesting blog about dads bonding with their babies after birth.
Report of a small but interesting study about the impact of birth experience on dads.
Entertaining and informative blog from a new dad about taking baby home ends with great quote “Being a new dad is a bit like getting a new best friend. And like all friendships, the more you put in to it, the more you get out.”
Interesting tool for getting you to think about what you love about your partner, I think would be a great thing to look at in those first few weeks with a new baby for both mums and dads.
Really nice blog giving tips on fatherhood – well worth a read by any expectant or new dad I would have thought.
Really useful explanation of the new right for dads’ to attend some antenatal appointments – agree with Fatherhood Institute that would be better if it was paid but it is a step in the right direction
There are places available on a Mantenatal dads-only antenatal workshop that I am running on Saturday morning 22nd November in Cambridge. This is a great way for expectant dads to meet other dads and explore pregnancy, birth and early parenting from their point of view. A dad who came this Saturday said “It was great being a male focussed relaxed environment, I don’t know why more people don’t offer this!” Expectant dads can book through the NCT website – link below – please pass on to anyone you think might be interested, thanks Jenny x
Really interesting blog about how it can feel to be a new dad
There are some places available on a Mantenatal session Sat 27th Sept – please pass on to any expectant dads that you know thanks
Very measured response from the Fatherhood Institute on Penelope Leach’s views about separated fathers and overnighted stays.
A dad’s birth story of a caesarean birth – Beer and Bubs is an Australian session not dissimilar to Mantenatal.
A day late for Father’s Day but these photos are a lovely record of dads and their newborns