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EFP-image5The Programme

The Expectant Fathers Programme is a practical and theoretical one day course designed and targeted for first time and new fathers.
The programme aims to build stronger family communities providing practical guidance, advice and support, especially for young and hard to reach fathers developing their confidence in their role as Fathers.

The programme consists of a 1 day course on a Saturday 10am-4pm thus making it more accessible for working expectant fathers. The programme is built around practical and reflective sessions. The programme is based on several theories including social learning; attachment and knowledge of child development and covers practical issues, such as bathing and changing the baby with an emphasis on understanding both the importance of bonding and of being a father/ role model.

The programme covers a range of topics including:

•    Practical Skills learning how to hold feed, bath, change and bond with baby.
•    Why fathers are important and what kind of father do you want to be?
•    Impact on relationships (partner/work/friends)
•    Midwifes question and answer session – an opportunity to ask any question about the birthing experience to an experienced midwife.

Programme Aims

•    Enhance your competence and confidence in your new role as a father 

•    Prepare you to engage more actively in the pregnancy

•    Introduce practical skills you will need with your baby

•    Highlight your importance & help you discover the kind of father you want to be


Why is the course needed?

•    The changing work environment means that there are more women in the workplace and more men caring for children.

•    New fathers are often involved and interested, and in turn more receptive to learning about their new role.

•    Fathers are sometimes reliant on their partner or relatives for information and often feel unprepared for the birth or what follows.

•    Father’s levels of confidence and information about child care are important factors in how involved new they are with their babies.                    

The Expectant Father one day sessions have been informative, relaxed, interesting and generated  much laughter and new friendships. The sessions have been successful in terms of being full to capacity, meeting different learning needs and better understanding of the role of the participants. As the Expectant Fathers share their views and knowledge and describe their intentions to be a good parent there is overwhelming evidence of different lifestyles, uncertainty and seeking of affirmation. In an environment which values diversity the Fathers have embraced the opportunity to safely unpack and discuss their value base and different parenting styles, sharing common factors of fatherhood.
We have balanced the concerns of the fathers with empowerment to how they can support their child to reach their potential. It is so good to hear the aspirations and optimism of the Expectant fathers. As a voluntary agency we have found the Expectant Fathers have embraced the knowledge of community based resources such as Children’s Centres and health services which many were unaware of.

At the end of the session as the Expectant Fathers exchange contact details it is clear that support networks are being formed and the child's ability to socialise with peers is being widened. The Expectant Fathers reflect a sense of clearer purpose, understanding and confidence. When evaluating our work the feedback from the Expectant Fathers has been very positive and encouraging, reflecting that they feel more empowered and ready for the joyful experiences of parenthood.
Elizabeth Lewinson EFP facilitator