“The course helped me to face up to the reality of becoming a dad for the first time, and gave me the confidence I needed to step into this new role. It was also reassuring to know that other dads-to-be were as petrified as I was!”
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
The workshops are for first time Dads to Be. They are for Dads to Be only and average around 35 men.
WHO RUNS THEM?
They are run by a Dads to Be Facilitator and a Midwife Antenatal Educator.
HOW LONG IS THE WORKSHOP?
They are a single one-off early evening event which runs for 90 minutes.
Ideally it is best to attend as soon as possible after three months into the pregnancy.
WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT FROM AN ANTE-NATAL CLASS?
They are not an antenatal class. However they cover the key parts of the birth process and the important first year following the birth, but more from a man’s involvement. They also give an opportunity to meet with other men at the same stage. Some of the practical topics covered include:
What is my role through the birth process?
Now that there are three – how does that affect us?
What are the signs that my partner may have postnatal depression?
Once home, how do we juggle; time, sleep, new roles, energy, money, sex, parents, work etc.?
WHAT DO PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS SAY?
‘Reading about birth is one thing but attending this workshop has been a great eye opener’
‘Great delivery – appreciated the humour and sensitivity’
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