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Dads matter - An antenatal support for young dads-to-be (WS48)

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This workshop will give practical examples of antenatal group work and provide information on a service that is providing positive early interventions. It will show case evidenced outcomes and allow …

This workshop will give practical examples of antenatal group work and provide information on a service that is providing positive early interventions. It will show case evidenced outcomes and allow participants to experience the nature of some of the support provided through an interactive approach.
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  • 1. DADS MATTER An antenatal support for young dads-to-beA pilot project between Stepping Stones North Edinburgh, Circle and Mellow Parenting
  • 2. WHAT IS DADS MATTERS?A 6 week groupDesigned to support families with additional health and social care needs.Decreases paternal stress during pregnancy.To help dads understand their role in child development, build a relationship with baby and their role postnatal development.
  • 3. REMIT OF THE GROUPIdeally first time dadsIdeally under 25Living in the Edinburgh area or willing to travel into EdinburghAble to attend for the whole 6 weeks
  • 4. MELLOW PARENTINGIncreased evidence of the importance of reducing stress throughout pregnancyDads matter and Mellow BumpsThe effects of attending a Mellow Bumps group has been researched to show a reduction of stress in mother and irritability in baby
  • 5. WHY DO WE RUN A GROUP? Acknowledgement of a lack of services directed specifically to young fathers at the antenatal stage This can result in men feeling marginalised or alienated Early Intervention- reduce the risks during pregnancy –reduce the need for child protection later Important to show relationship with professionals both male and female
  • 6. PRACTICALITIES OF THE GROUPCommitment to the time requiredTransportInitial meetings are importantActivities focus on Dad and his impact on babyAn opportunity to discuss issues common amongst Dads in a safe space with others who may be in similar circumstances
  • 7. RELAXATIONAn important part of the group workDifficulties with the activityAre you ready to relax?????
  • 8. CASE STUDYPilot projectInitially 2 Dads attendedSimilar concerns raised by social work and policeBoth engaged well with group and subsequent follow up workBoth fathers are involved in their children’s lives
  • 9. THE FUTUREThe group will continue to be a rolling programme at Stepping Stones NECurrently planning a group with PrepareCase study will be publishedHow to refer to the groupPostnatal group currently running
  • 10. QUESTIONS