There’s a “New Dad Boot Camp” in lower New York, sponsored by the NYC Dads Group. The three-hour class also has the new dads practice changing diapers and confidently holding babies, but more importantly, the class helps support new dads emotionally; the group talks about issues that new dads and dads-to-be might not want to discuss with their wives, as well as father-specific emotions.

Matt Schneider, one of the facilitators of the workshops, says that “so often mothers feel like they’re the only ones who know how to take care of their baby. We want to make sure that fathers don’t get pushed out in those early weeks.” Schneider is also co-founder of NYC Dads Group.

Here’s the schedule for the next couple of classes:

  • Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Upper East Side @ 92nd Street Y
  • Saturday, January 14, 2012 – Park Slope @ Tribeca Parenting
  • Saturday, January 28, 2012 – Tribeca @ Tribeca Parenting

The Tribeca Trib has the rest of the story, sauced below.