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NHS and healthcare services are working very hard to provide the best start for families, protect their mental health, and they rightly focus resources for mums-to-be through the life giving and changing maternity process. More and more however, we all are recognising the powerful influence the dads-to-be have during this time, and positive effect dads have on their children when they spend quality time supporting the mums, and nurturing their babies from the start. NHS Staff and Commissioners recognise that dads need more support to understand their powerfully important role and 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 ignore them at your peril! Get in touch for underpinning evidence, 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.
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.
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.
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.