Parenting Classes: Just for Dad's!
Expectant fathers enjoy an informal, hands-on class that provides practical information and a real boost of confidence about handling the baby's impending arrival. Participants connect with other expectant dads, and also have the opportunity to talk with a “veteran dad” who has been through the class and brings his infant with him to the class. Dads-to-be get to hear directly from the new dad about his experience—and practice diapering, swaddling, soothing, and burping the baby.
Now virtual! So attendees can be located anywhere) Interested dads (including father figures, trans dads, and pretty much any male-identified parents-to-be) and partners.
A Class for Grandparents and other Supporters
The last 30 years have offered families more information than ever before on Infant Mental Health, Skin to Skin and strategies to support attachment, which has resulted in changes in our day-to-day parenting techniques. And of course, Covid-19 has impacted our supports systems immensely. Expectant parents are planning 'bubbles', physical distancing, and quarantines during this unusual time. Leave with practical strategies to support your adult children and grandchildren, your extended family member, or your very best friend through the following topics and more!
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is an international organization that increases awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that persons experience during pregnancy and after birth. On their website, they also list many resources and supports for fathers and postpartum partners.
Pacific Postpartum Support Society for Dads
Pacific Postpartum Support Society is a group in BC that aims to end the isolation and distress experienced by many individuals and their families with the profound life change that accompanies the birth or adoption of a child. Their website also has resources and supports for fathers and partners including those with postpartum depression and anxiety.
American Academy of Pediatricians: Healthy Children
American Academy of Pediatricians: Healthy Children is a parenting website powered by pediatricians which is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. On the website, there is also information provided on paternal or partner depression (risk factors, symptoms, effects, treatment options).