How can we help?
NHS and healthcare services are working very hard to provide the best start for families, including protecting their mental health, and they rightly focus resources for mums-to-be through the life-giving and life-changing maternity process. More and more, however, we are all recognising the powerful influence that dads-to-be have during this time, and the positive effect that dads have on their children when they spend quality time supporting mums and nurturing their babies from the start.
NHS staff and commissioners recognise that dads need more support to understand their powerfully important role. Engaging them with a DadPad will help Health Services reach out at the ‘golden opportunity moment’, when men are most motivated and receptive to support.
Don’t miss the chance to work with men, as you can’t properly support those that you don’t engage with. Get in touch for underpinning evidence and social impact studies, including monetary ROI, which will demonstrate that now is the time to change the culture and address the existing maternity gender inequality practices, to truly give our children the best start in life.
I was a bit scared when we found out we were having a baby, obviously happy, but a bit scared and in the beginning I was a bit clueless. The child development part is my favourite bit, but there’s things in there, like things about mental health, that I didn’t know about and that I didn’t know you needed to know about.
The DadPad gives support to new fathers who can often feel left out and unable to help when they’re needed most, and this can put a strain on both parents.
Giles Berrisford, one of NHS England’s two Associate National Clinical Directors for Perinatal Mental Health
Young dads find it difficult to ask for help, particularly where their partners can become expert in the practicalities quite quickly and they don’t. [The DadPad] is about Dads being prepared for some of that tension and strain of being a new parent, but without being overwhelmed and knowing that it’s not just mums who can access the help and advice that’s available, even if they don’t live with their partner.
Ruth Wellings, Programme Manager for Women and Children at NHS Kernow CCG