Birthing Dads is developing a video resource for midwives and other health professionals to engage expectant and new fathers during the perinatal period. The video covers:
Due for release 1Q, 2021.
On June 17, 2020 Birthing Dads piloted the Midwife Program with QLD health professionals. Feedback following the pilot included:
"Excellent presentation and extremely relevant for current times".
"The wheel of continuous support was a great visual for fathers - is it available as a handout? A birthing dads stand alone class is essential - face to face or online".
"The webinar has helped highlight the importance of reconnecting with the father/partner, discussing their own thoughts, feelings of the birth experience just as we do with women in the maternity ward or at home".
"The webinar has provided me with some additional tips to ensure men are more included and actively participate in family discussions and decisions that may need to occur in regards to their baby's care".
"The webinar was very useful in helping me to understand a man's way of thinking in preparing and being at the birth".
"I feel it would be good to do a longitudinal study over a couple of years (3-5 years)"
"I would incorporate the Wheel of continuous perinatal support into both childbirth and parenting classes and education in general with partners within the antenatal period".
"Having dads/partners gain better understanding of the ways & value of improving confidence for both themselves & the woman was also very useful".
"The webinar reinforced the need of why midwives need to tell dads that they matter!!"
"Midwives and student midwives (along with doctors) would learn much from hearing your experiences".
"I think the suggestion of creating a short video that could be shown in antenatal classes on the value of fathers/partners improving their knowledge and confidence with the resultant positive impacts for the whole family, would be a great initiative".
"I think educating midwives to incorporate such simple strategies into their points of contact with partners during the perinatal period would also do much to improving their engagement with maternity services".
"Thank you so much for a wonderful thought provoking webinar".
"I look forward to future webinars and would be very encouraging of other staff to attend".
"The content of this webinar would lend itself well to a great workshop at future midwifery conferences"