UK Dads-to-Be Subject of New Midwife Manual, Old Workshop
Guardian writer Edward Davies looked into this new 16-page manual that midwives in the UK are being given to soothe and help fathers. He also helps run a “Dads-to-Be” workshop in London for new fathers to discuss issues they may not discuss elsewhere.
Should you use drugs during labor? Will local taxis take pregnant women? How do you cut the umbilical cord? How soon after childbirth can you have sex? These are some of the questions that come up in the workshop, which was developed five years ago.
A manual for Midwives was recently released, entitled “Reaching Out: Involving Fathers in Maternity Care,” was released by the RCM, the Department of Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Fatherhood Institute, to involve fathers more in the process of childbirth. Davies says that this manual, though well-meaning, doesn’t involve fathers directly, so much as advise someone else to do so. According to Davies, is the government wants to involve fathers – they need more than a 16-page manual – they need programs and groups, such as the one Davies helps moderate.
Read more about both programs at the Guardian article, sauced below.